It is the aim of Wheathampstead
Playgroup to provide a secure and safe environment for all children.
The 1989 Children Act places a clear responsibility on Playgroups
to ensure that they work together with other agencies to safeguard
and promote the welfare of all children. This is further clarified
in the Children Act 2004, in which integrated planning, commissioning
and delivery of services, as well as the improving of multi-disciplinary
working are encouraged.
- The designated
Safeguarding Children Officer of Wheathampstead Playgroup is: Mrs Judith
Parry. The designated Safeguarding Children Officer of Wheathampstead
Playgroup’s Trustees is the Chairman.
- All applicants
for employment at Playgroup will be interviewed before any appointment
is made and will be asked to provide two references. These references
will be followed up.
- All members
of staff are CRB checked. These checks are to be carried out every three
years. New members of staff who are awaiting CRB clearance will not
accompany children to the toilet nor work with them alone in a separate room.
- Visitors, helping parents and students
will not accompany children to the toilet nor work with them alone in a separate room.
- All permanent
members of staff undertake safeguarding children training. This is
to be updated every three years.
- If changes
in a child's behaviour are observed or any form of abuse is suspected by staff,
this will be discussed with the Group's Safeguarding Children Officer and other relevant
members of staff.
- If, after discussion, staff
still have concerns about a child's
welfare the process and procedures for referral as set out in the guidance
"What To Do If You're Worried A Child Is Being Abused" will be followed.
A specific, accurate and detailed record of all discussions and observations will
be made by a relevant member of staff.
will be maintained at all times to ensure the safety of the child.
- Should any
allegation be made against a member of staff, this will be investigated
immediately by the Supervisor and Chairman of Playgroup. If the
allegation is made against the Supervisor, then the Chairman of
Playgroup and another member of the Trustees will investigate.
The member of staff will be entitled to attend any
meeting with a representative of their choice. If it is decided
to take the matter further, the Child Protection Unit and Police
will be informed. While the matter is under investigation, the
member of staff will be suspended on full pay.