Safeguarding Children Procedure
Procedure for concerns about a child’s welfare (I-ART)
- The nursery manager (or Deputy Manager in their absence) must be informed immediately of any concerns regarding the welfare of a child.
- After consideration and observation, the Nursery Manager must report these concerns to the Integrated Access and Referral Team (i-ART). Advice and guidance offered by I-ART will always be followed.
Integrated Access and Referral Team (I-ART)
- 0300 123 7047
Emergency Duty Team (EDT)
- 01244 977277 (out of hours for Cheshire west and Chester)
- 0845 4580000
- The nursery manager must put a referral in within 48hours
- A social worker and the nursery manager will acknowledge receipt of the referral and a decision on the next course of action will be made within one working day.
- An initial assessment will be made
- If concerns are of a sexual nature, or the child is at risk, the parents/carers will not be approached prior to contacting i-ART
- Other concerns will be discussed with the parent/carer, an agreement will be sought and the reason for making the referral explained. If the parents/carers do not agree that the safety of the child is paramount, their wishes may be discounted.
- Confidentiality is crucial in all matters and written records will be locked away.
Procedure for allegations against a member of staff (LADO)
- The nursery manager (or Deputy Manager in their absence) must be informed immediately of any concerns or allegations against a member of staff.
- The member of staff who is subject to the allegation will be suspended with immediate effect
- The nursery manager (or Deputy in their absence) must report the incident to the Local Authority Designated officer (LADO) within one working day
- The LADO will then advise on the best way to proceed with the referral
- OFSTED must then be informed as soon as possible, within 14 days of the incident occurring
- Confidentially is crucial in all matters and written records will be locked away
The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is based at:
The Children’s Safeguarding Unit
4, Civic Way [Floor 4]
Tel: 0151 337 4570
Vicky Hollins (Owner) and Sarah Wright (Nursery Manager) are also the safeguarding officers
If in the unlikely event that you have a complaint or grievance, we would like you to follow the procedure below:
- Please contact the nursery manager, the manager will then arrange a meeting to discuss all concerns and hopefully resolve them. All matters discussed in the meeting will be confidential.
- If you are unsatisfied with the outcome of the meeting, please put your complaint/ grievance in written format and the owner/manager will contact you to discuss the problem further.
If parents are not happy with the procedures, or the outcome of the complaint, they can contact:
Ofsted, National Business Unit, Piccadilly Gate, Store Street, Manchester, M1 2WD. Telephone 0300 1231231
Only in the case of minor sickness should a child be kept at the nursery. If a child has a high temperature, sickness, diarrhoea and/or is clearly unwell, staff should speak to the manager/deputy and the child’s parent/carer should be contacted and asked to collect the child by an agreed time.
If a child stays at nursery whilst sick, the sickness should be reported to the person collecting the child, giving as much detail as possible about the problem, including the child’s eating and sleeping habits that day.
Whilst waiting for a parent to arrive, the sick child should be comforted by a member of staff in a quiet cosy area.
When numbers do not permit a member of staff to comfort a sick child, the manager or deputy will do so.
Exclusion periods for infectious diseases are as follows:
|Chicken Pox||5 days from onset of rash, all vesicles have crusted over and the child is feeling well.|
|Conjunctivitis||24 hours after the first drops have been administered.|
|German Measles||4 days from the onset of rash and the child is feeling well.|
|Hand – Foot and Mouth||A child can return once they are feeling well. If a number of children in our care are affected, exclusion may be advised.|
|Head Lice||Treatment is recommended only in cases where live lice have been seen. No exclusion.|
|Impetigo||Until lesions are crusted and healed, or 48hours after commencing the antibiotic treatment.|
|Measles||4 days following the appearance of the rash and the child if feeling well.|
|Mumps||5 days after onset of swelling and the child is feeling well.|
|Norovirus||48 hours from last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting and the child is eating normally and feeling well.|
|Ringworm||Treatment is required. No exclusion.|
|Scarlet Fever||A child can return 24 hours after commencing appropriate antibiotic treatment and when feeling well.|
|Shingles||Exclusion advised if rash is weeping and cannot be covered. Child can return when feeling well|
|Sickness and Diarrhoea||48 hours from last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting and the child is eating normally and feeling well.|
|Slapped Cheek||A child can return once they feeling well. No exclusion.|
|Threadworms||Treatment is recommended for the child and household contacts. No exclusion|
|Whooping Cough||5 days from commencing antibiotic treatment, or 21 days from the onset of illness if no antibiotic treatment and the child’s feeling well.|
Please note that the nursery reserve the right to refuse entry to a child whom they believe is unwell enough to attend or who may be infectious to the other children