Sunrise Nursery believes that children have the right to be completely secure from both the fear and reality of abuse, and we are committed to protecting all the children in our care from harm.
Fran Marriott is our Specialist Safeguarding Officer. She has suitable experience, training and expertise, and will be responsible for liaising with social services, the Area Safeguarding Children Committee (ACPC) and Ofsted in any child protection matter. Fran Marriott will attend any Child Protection case conference if required by Social Services.
Sunrise Nursery’s safeguarding children procedures comply with all relevant legislation and other guidance or advice from the (ACPC).
ACPC’s bring together representatives of each of the main agencies and professionals responsible for helping to protect children from abuse and neglect in a given area. The ACPC is a multi-agency forum set up to agree how the different services and professional groups should co-operate to safeguard children in that area, and for making sure that arrangements work effectively to bring about good outcomes for children.
Recognising Child Abuse: Child abuse manifests itself in a variety of different ways, some overt and others much less so. All staff have child protection training and will be vigilant to signs and evidence of physical, sexual and emotional abuse or neglect.
Physical Abuse: This involves hitting, shaking, throwing, burning, suffocating or any other physical harm. Deliberately causing a child’s ill health also constitutes physical abuse.
Sexual Abuse: This involves forcing or enticing a child to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including penetrative or non-penetrative acts. Showing children pornographic materials, sexual activities, or encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways also constitutes sexual abuse.
Emotional abuse: Varying degrees of emotional abuse is present in virtually all child protection incidents, but can also constitute abuse in its own right. Emotional abuse involves persistent or severe emotional ill-treatment or torture causing, or likely to cause, severe adverse effects on the emotional stability of a child. Such behaviour may involve conveying to a child that they are worthless, unloved, or inadequate, or making them feel unnecessarily frightened or vulnerable.
Neglect: Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical, emotional or psychological needs, such as is likely to have a severe impact on their health, development or emotional stability. Neglect may involve failing to provide adequate food, shelter or clothing for a child, or failing to adequately protect them from physical harm or ill health. Neglect can also manifest itself in a failure to meet the basic emotional needs of child.
Staff Support and Training
Sunrise Nursery is committed to ensuring that it meets its responsibilities in respect of safeguarding children through the provision of support and training to staff. Therefore, we will ensure that all staff and students are carefully recruited, have verified references and have full and up to date Criminal Record Bureau enhanced checks. All staff are given a copy of the Safeguarding Children policy during their induction, and have its implications explained to them. All staff receive regular training and supervision in safeguarding children issues and are provided with any relevant information and guidance. All staff are provided with supervision and management support commensurate with their responsibilities in relation to child protection, and their requirement to maintain caring and safe relationships with children. All staff are aware of the main indicators of child abuse. All staff are aware of their statutory requirements in respect of the disclosure or discovery of child abuse and the procedure for doing so.
Sunrise Nursery will take appropriate action in relation to the findings of any investigation into allegations of abuse, consistent with it’s duties to protect the safety of children and uphold fair processes for staff and students.