Hilltop House Childcare - Safeguarding Children Policy
Safeguarding Children Policy
Our responsibility as childminders is to ensure the safety and welfare of all the children in our care in line with the procedures laid out by our Area Children’s Officer (Early Years) East Kent.
The Area Children’s Officer is responsible for producing Safeguarding Children Procedures based on national guidelines set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children (Dept of Education & Skills). It monitors the effectiveness of the Procedures systematically and amends them as it becomes necessary.
We have received training on Safeguarding Children (Child Protection) and are aware of the signs and symptoms of child abuse, physical, emotional and sexual, and those of neglect.
If we have reason to believe that any child in our care is being abused in any way we will report the matter to the Duty Social Worker for Canterbury Social Services, Child Protection Team (01227 598500). Under these circumstances we will not be able to keep information relating to your child confidential, but will need to share it with Ofsted, Social Services and the Police if requested.
A copy of “What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused” booklet is available for you to read if required. This sets out the guidelines for how we must record any incidents and disclosures and the procedures we must follow.
Please see our ‘Allegations of Abuse Policy’ regarding how we protect ourselves and our family from allegations being made against us.
Social Services Area Children’s Officer (Early Years) East Kent is:
Afifa Ali T: 01227 284556 M: 07825 633810
Social Services Out of Hours: 08457 626777
If you have any concerns regarding this policy please discuss them with us.