0118 937 5429
0118 937 5429
Safeguarding At Caversham Nursery School
Reviewer: Jean Read Deputy Head
Approved: Michelle Bull – Chair of Governors
To be reviewed: January 2020
It is a basic right of every child to feel safe and protected from any situation or practice that result in a child being harmed through abuse or neglect.
This Nursery school recognises its legal and ethical duty to:
We agree that we have a primary responsibility for the care, welfare and safety of the pupils in our charge, and we will carry out this duty through our teaching and learning, extra-curricular activities, pastoral care and extended school services.
The Nursery school seeks to adopt an open and accepting attitude towards all children as part of their responsibility for pastoral care. The Nursery school hopes that all parents and children will feel free to talk about any concerns and will see Nursery school as a safe place if there are any difficulties at home. We recognise that very young children and children with special educational needs and disabilities are vulnerable and are statistically more likely to be abused.
As a consequence, we
All members of staff (including volunteers and governors) in this Nursery school, in whatever capacity, will at all times act pro-actively in child welfare matters. Where any member of staff fails to act in accordance with this policy, this may be dealt with as a disciplinary matter. Early help is a priority, this means getting appropriate help and support required by the child and their family as quickly as possible.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for child protection in this school is:
Lisa Bedlow and Jean Read
In their absence, these matters will be dealt with by:
Kate Wiggins and Shauni Clifford
The designated lead is key to ensuring that proper procedures and policies are in place and are followed with regard to child safeguarding issues. They will also act as a dedicated resource available for other staff, volunteers and governors to draw upon. They undertake training every two years with updates at least once a year.
The Nursery school will ensure that:
To be effective they will:
The designated safeguarding lead also has an important role in ensuring that all staff and volunteers receive appropriate training. They will:
The Designated Governor for Child Protection at this Nursery School is:
The Governors will ensure that sufficient resources are made available to enable the necessary tasks to be carried out properly under inter-agency procedures.
The Governors will ensure that the Designated Safeguarding Lead is given sufficient time to carry out his or her duties, including accessing training.
The Premises & Health and Safety Governors will audit and review safeguarding practices in the Nursery school on a regular basis, and no less than annually, to ensure that:
In order to ensure that children are protected whilst at this Nursery school, we will ensure that our staff and volunteers are carefully selected, screened, trained and supervised. In order to achieve this, we will follow the guidance set out in “Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education”, in particular:
In addition, we will ensure that the following checks are satisfactorily completed before a person takes up a position in the Nursery school:
Please also see RBC Model Safer Recruitment Policy (2015)
We understand that some people otherwise unsuitable for working with children may use volunteering to gain access to children. For this reason, any volunteers in the school, in whatever capacity, will be given the same consideration as paid staff.
Where a parent or other volunteer helps on a one-off basis, he or she will only work under the direct supervision of a member of staff, and at no time have one to one contact alone with children. However, if a parent or other volunteer is to be in Nursery school regularly or frequently, we will treat them as if they were paid employees and check them to ensure their suitability to work with children.
All new members of staff will receive induction training, which will give an overview of the organisation and ensure they know its purpose, values, services and structure, as well as identifying and reporting abuse, and confidentiality issues.
All new staff at the Nursery school (including volunteers) will be shown and talked through our ‘what to do if you are concerned about a child’ information and be given a copy of this policy within one week of starting their work at the school.
All staff will be expected to attend training on safeguarding children that will enable them to fulfil their responsibilities in respect of child protection effectively. The school will provide this training as through the designated person, online or through commissioning training. This training is updated annually as well as training during team meetings.
All Staff are required to read the statutory guidance ‘Keeping children safe in education’ and to keep abreast of any changes.
All Staff will complete online training for preventing radicalisation. They will also have in-service training on Honour based abuse which includes forced marriages, child sexual exploitation and female genital mutilation.
Staff will carry out refresher training at least every three years, and the Designated Safeguarding Lead every two years.
Members of staff and volunteers must not investigate suspicions. If somebody has reason to consider that a child may be suffering, or may be at risk of suffering significant harm, they must always discuss such concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, who will refer the matter to Local Authority officers through the Single point of access. Through the training everyone will be clear on the difference between a concern and a child at risk of immediate danger of risk or harm, where something could be repeated if they were to return to the place where the abuse is happening. Training will also raise awareness to the possibility of peer to peer abuse and signs of recognising this. We minimise the risk of this happening by overseeing children in all areas of the Nursery and having an adult presence and support in their play and self-care.
To this end, volunteers and staff will follow the procedures below:
We will ensure that all members of staff and employees are familiar with the procedures for keeping a confidential written record of any incidents and with the requirements of the LSCB.
Because of the link between abuse and some types of poor behaviour, where a pupil’s behaviour is violent, bizarre or dangerous, including acts of vandalism or fire setting, staff will be alert to the possibility that this is an indicator of abuse.
If a child is absent and we have not heard from a parent/carer with the first two hours (10:00am or 2:15pm) of a child’s session; we will check with the main office for messages and then we will call main carers.
Vulnerable families a designated officer needs to be informed as soon as possible.
If no answer we will leave a voicemail asking them to call us back.
If we have had no response within the next hour we will call again and send a text or email.
If there is still no response; notify a designated officer.
Designated officers will respond appropriately for individual families and make any necessary follow ups with other agencies.
This school will keep at least two emergency contact numbers for each child where reasonably possible.
As well as ensuring that we address child protection concerns, we will also ensure that children who attend the Nursery school are kept safe from harm whilst they are in our charge.
Links to other Nursery school’s policies and procedures on:
Mobile phones cannot be used within the nursery. With the exception of using the telephone to take photographs at specific events see section L: Signs are displayed to remind visitors of this and Staff will challenge those seen doing so and will explain that it is for the children’s protection.
Staff may take appropriate photographs of children on Nursery School cameras and Nursery iPads only (not personal mobile phones) for the purpose of recording children’s activities, progress or sharing with other professionals / practitioners (as permitted by the parent / guardian). The photographs must only be printed out on Nursery school premises.
Tapestry online learning journal is used to record the children’s achievements through video, photographic and written evidence only to be shared with the parents of the child recorded. Parents sign to say that they understand and agree this.
We understand that parents like to take photos or video their children during celebrations and events. This is a normal part of family life, and we do not discourage parents from celebrating their child’s successes. However, if there are Health and Safety issues associated with this we would intervene.
We only allow images of pupils to be used on school websites, publicity, or press releases, with permission from the parent, we will not identify individual children by name.
At events parents are reminded that any photographs taken are for personal use only and if other children are in a photo they are not to be put on any public domain such as Facebook or Instagram. If this does happen the policy may be changed to no longer allow parents to take their own photographs of events.
Drones are not permitted to be used in, above or around the Nursery School area. It is considered a breach of safeguarding the children of Caversham Nursery School. If there is a genuine and beneficial need to use a drone it will be with the Agreement of the Senior Leaders of the School by prior discussion.
The Nursery school, and all members of staff at the Nursery school, will ensure that all data about children, their families and staff are handled in accordance with the requirements of the law, and any national and local guidance.
Any member of staff who has access to sensitive information about a child, the child’s family or other staff members must take all reasonable steps to ensure that such information is only disclosed to those people who need to know.
All child protection records will be kept separately from the child’s main file. The Designated Safeguarding Lead will restrict access to those people who have a role to play in protecting the child. Child Protection information held electronically will only be held on individual designated officers H/drives which are password protected.
General Data Protection Regulation. Compliance with the regulations will be an ongoing process.
Our Data Protection Officer (DPO) will advise and manage compliance with the regulation. Our DPO is:
Company: Judicium Consulting Ltd
Address: 72 Cannon Street, London, EC4N 6AE
Telephone: 0203 326 9174
The Nursery school has a duty to ensure that professional behaviour applies to relationships between staff and children, and that all members of staff are clear about what constitutes appropriate behaviour and professional boundaries.
At all times, members of staff are required to work in a professional way with children. All staff should be aware of the dangers inherent in:
NSPCC Whistleblowing Helpline or call 0800 028 0285 (8am – 8pm Mon – Fri)
The Federation of Caversham and New Bridge Nurseries
Chair of Governors
Contact via the nursery office on 0118 9375429
or via email at
Very occasionally members of staff may have to make physical interventions with children; generally, this should be avoided unless:
Any such incident should be written up in full and details passed to the Head Teacher. All staff receive Team Teach training to ensure they show appropriate care and work collaboratively and safely to protect the children and themselves from harm.
If anyone makes an allegation that any member of staff (including any volunteer or Governor) may have:
Local Authority Designated Officer, Directorate of Children, Education and Early Help Services
Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU
0118 937 3555, 07841253871
Where the Governing Board transfers control of the use of Nursery school premises to bodies (such as language clubs, holiday activity clubs) to provide out of school hours activities, we will ensure that these bodies have appropriate safeguarding and child protection policies and procedures, and that there are arrangements in place to link with the school on such matters. Such considerations will be made explicit in any contract or service level agreement with the bodies.
Where the Governing Board contracts its services to outside providers, we will ensure that these providers have appropriate safeguarding and child protection policies and procedures, and that there are arrangements in place to link with the school on such matters. Such considerations will be made explicit in any contract or service level agreement with the provider.
Implementation and day to day working of this policy will be monitored by the Designated Safeguarding Lead, who will liaise with the Governors and bring to their attention any concerns that the Policy is not being adhered to, or any changes required arising from changes to statutory guidance or LSCB procedures.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead will report to the Governing Body termly:
The Head Teacher will report to the Governing Board Annually
The Designated Safeguarding Lead will ensure that a copy of this Policy will be made available to all new members of staff, students and volunteers.
Parents’ attention will be drawn to the Policy through the normal Nursery school communication channels, including the Parent/Carer Hand Book and will also be posted on the website.
The name of the Designated Safeguarding Lead (and deputy) will be displayed at the Nursery school entrance and staff room and other prominent places throughout the Nursery.
Whilst GDPR places duties on organisations to process personal information fairly and lawfully and to keep the information they hold safe and secure, this is not a barrier to sharing information where the failure to do so would result in a child being placed at risk of harm. Fears about sharing information cannot be allowed to stand in the way of the need to promote the welfare and protect the safety of children.
When children transfer to another school, the DSL ensures that their child protection file is transferred to the new school as soon as possible. This will be hand delivered to local schools where possible and the receiving school is requested to sign to acknowledge receipt. Secure transit must be used and confirmation of receipt obtained. This file will be transferred separately from the main file.
As a receiving school, the admin manager will notify the Headteacher/ DSL on arrival of a CP file.
If appropriate, the DSL may share information with a new school in advance of a child leaving so that the appropriate support can be put in place.
|Designated Persons for Safeguarding & Preventing Radicalisation are;
What to do if you are worried about a child
Single Point of Access: www.reading.gov.uk/childrensreferralform
Berkshire Child Protection Procedures: http://proceduresonline.com/berks/
Children’s Action Teams: 0118 937 6570
Single Point of Access : 0118 9373641
Single Point of access out of hours duty team: 01344 786543
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO): 0118 937 3555
NSPCC 0800 028 0285
Additional safeguarding training template
|Safeguarding issue||Rate your current knowledge
|Rate your knowledge after completion of training
|Date training completed|
|Child sexual exploitation (CSE)|
|Bullying and cyber bullying||
|Fabricated or induced illness|
|Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)|
|Gangs and youth violence||
|Teenage relationship abuse||
|Channel general awareness