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Safeguarding at Chelford Village Pre-School

We are committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for children to be cared and educated in. We act in accordance with the advice provided by Cheshire East Council. For more detailed information, please refer to our policy New Safeguarding 2017

Our Safeguarding of Children Co-ordinators (SOCCO) are:

Hannah Lawson and Janet Stott

We recognise that:
  • The welfare of the child is paramount.
  • All children regardless of age, disability, gender racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse and have the right to freedom from abuse.
  • Working in partnership with children, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting children’s welfare.
  • All our staff and volunteers need to be carefully selected and accept responsibility for helping to prevent the abuse of children in their care.
We will endeavour to safeguard children by:
  • Valuing them, listening to and respecting them.
  • Adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers.
  • Responding quickly and appropriately to all suspicions or allegations of abuse or issues relating to child welfare.
  • Providing parents/carers and children with the opportunities to voice any concerns the may have.
  • Ensuring that access to confidential information is stored and managed in accordance with National Guidance.
  • Recruiting staff and volunteers safely and ensuring that all necessary checks are made and references are obtained.
  • Ensuring that enhanced DBS checks are carried out on all employees and committee members and are updated at regular intervals.
  • Improving knowledge of children, parents, carers and volunteers by sharing information about child protection and encouraging good practice.
  • Sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately.
  • Providing effective management for all staff and volunteers through supervision, support and appropriate safeguarding training.
  • We are also committed to ensuring that our child protection policy is a living document which is reviewed and updated at least annually.

Uncollected Child

In the event of a child not being collected at the end of the session, the child will be kept at pre-school and phones calls will be made to the child’s parents/carers and/or the relatives / friends listed on the registration document.

If after half an hour we are unable to contact the parent/carer or any other authorized persons, Social Services will be contacted and their advice will be followed.

For Safe Guarding reasons the Pre-School staff do not transport children to or from the setting as they are NOT insured to do so.

Smoking/Alcohol/Drugs

The Pre-school has a no smoking policy. Smoking will not be permitted in any areas used by Pre-school.

If any person who is collecting a child from the Pre-School appears to be under the influence of either alcohol or drugs, the Pre-school will not allow the child to leave with that person, but will contact the parent/carer/named emergency contact.

Failing that, the Social Services and/or the local police will be contacted.

Mobile Phones

The Pre-school has a “no Mobile phones” policy in the pre-school.

Mobile phones are not permitted and must not be brought into the setting by staff or visitors.