Safeguarding Children of Muriel Green
The Nursery is guided by the Governments statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ September 2021 and complies with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. The Nursery has policies and procedures in place to safeguard all children and these are supported by the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board.
All staff work together to respond to any safeguarding concerns or issues. The Nursery has a duty of care to every single child and we take it very seriously. Staff have a responsibility to treat any concerns with rigour, confidentiality and sensitivity. All staff are trained to recognise signs of abuse or neglect and to understand and follow child protection policies and procedures.
The Nursery has a duty of care to consult with Children’s Services for advice if ‘there are concerns that a child may be suffering from abuse or neglect’.
Any concerns expressed or referrals made are not an accusation against any individual but they have to be investigated.
Gemma Williamson, Headteacher is the Designated Senior Safeguarding Person for Child Protection (DSP).
Georgie Wright and Sue Wells are the Deputy Designated Senior Persons.
The Safeguarding Governor is Sophie Ryan.
Establish and maintain an ethos and culture where children feel secure, are encouraged
to talk, and are listened and responded to when they have a worry or concern.
Establish and maintain an ethos and culture where school staff and volunteers feel safe,
are encouraged to talk and are listened and responded to when they have concerns
about the safety and well-being of a child.
Ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if
they are worried.
Ensure that children, who have additional/unmet needs are supported appropriately.
This could include referrals to Early Help Services or Child Protection Contacts to
specialist services if they are a child in need or have been / are at risk of being abused
Consider how children may be taught about safeguarding, including online, through
teaching and learning opportunities, as part of providing a broad and balanced
curriculum. Refer to KCSiE Part two:93
Staff members working with children are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could
happen here’ and ‘it could be happening to this child’, where safeguarding is concerned.
When concerned about the welfare of a child, staff members should always act in the
interests of the child.
Operation Encompass Safeguarding Statement:
- Our school is part of Operation Encompass. This is a police and education early intervention safeguarding partnership which supports children and young people who experience Domestic Abuse.
- Operation Encompass means that the police will share information about Domestic Abuse incidents with our school PRIOR to the start of the next school day when they have been called to a domestic incident.
- Our parents are fully aware that we are an Operation Encompass school.
- The Operation Encompass information is stored in line with all other confidential safeguarding and child protection information.
- The Key Adult has also led training for all school staff and Governors about Operation Encompass, the prevalence of Domestic Abuse and the impact of this abuse on children. We have also discussed how we can support our children following the Operation Encompass notification.
- We are aware that we must do nothing that puts the child/ren or the non abusing adult at risk.
- The Safeguarding Governor will report on Operation Encompass in the termly report to Governors. All information is anonymised for these reports.
- The Key Adult has used the Operation Encompass Toolkit to ensure that all appropriate actions have been taken by the school.
OUR KEY ADULTS ARE: Gemma Williamson, Sue Wells and Georgie Wright.