Keeping Your Child Safe

Twiglets Nursery has a safeguarding policy in place to protect the children within the setting. The nursery will work with children, parents and the community to ensure the rights and safety of our children and to give them the very best start in life. Our safeguarding policy is based on the three key commitments and they are as follows;

Commitment 1 – Twiglets is committed to building a ‘culture of safety’ in which children are protected from abuse and harm in all areas of its service delivery.

Commitment 2 – Twiglets is committed to responding promptly and appropriately to all incidents or concerns of abuse that may occur and to work with statutory agencies in accordance with the procedures that are set.

Commitment 3 – Twiglets is committed to promoting awareness of child abuse issues throughout its training and learning programmes for adults. It is also committed to empowering young children, through its early childhood curriculum, promoting their right to be strong, resilient and listened to.

At Twiglets Nursery, staff and managers have a ‘confidential relationship’ with families. It is our intention to respect the privacy of children and their parents and carers, while ensuring that they access high quality early years care and education. We aim to ensure that all Parents and Carers can share their information in confidence; any confidential information that is recorded will be done so with the permission of the parents. (For further information see policy Sept_17-18_Model_CP__SG__Policy_for_Schools

Twiglets maintain the highest possible security on our premises to ensure that each child is safely cared for during their time with us.

Systems are in place for the safe arrival and departure of children, the intercom ensures unauthorised persons accessing to the premises and prevents children from leaving unnoticed. Gates are used when children access the outdoor area to keep them safe while playing and so that staff can maintain visual contact at all times.

The times of the children’s arrivals and departures are recorded so that staff has confirmation of which children are in the nursery. Also the arrival and departure times of adults – staff, volunteers and others – are recorded. Visitors credentials are checked and their purpose for being in the setting is approved of by the Principal. Staff, maintain constant supervision for visitors during their time in the nursery.

All staff personal possessions and volunteers are securely stored during sessions in the staff room away from the nursery classroom and are not accessible during the day. (For more information see policy 8.2 and 1.6).

Please find below some of our policies relating to general Safeguarding and Welfare requirements:

6 3 Recording and Reporting of Accidents and Incidents

1 1 Childrens rights and entitlements

3 2 First Aid

8 1 Health and Safety General Standards


Official Safeguarding Bodies

The Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board has a statutory duty to co-ordinate how agencies work together to safeguard and promote the well being of children and young people in Birmingham and to ensure the effectiveness of the safeguarding arrangements. The Board works in close partnership with Ofsted, Department for Education and the Strategic Health Authority. The Board strives to continuously improve how agencies work together to protect children and young people. There is a desire to develop a shared sense of responsibility across all agencies working with children, their families and communities to keep children safe from harm. The Board believes that “safeguarding is everyone’s business”.

Right Service Right Time Model was designed to support Children and families. It shows that support is more effective and efficient when services and information sharing are planned and delivered in a coordinated way. The vision across Birmingham is to deliver the right service to the right child supported by flexible and responsive services. The Children & Young People partnership in Birmingham has set Key Priorities to ensure that the needs of children and families are met at the earliest opportunity. These Key Priorities are: Prevention, Integration, Aspiration Safeguarding, Participation and Excellence. By all agencies working together, children’s needs are supported and met from all angles.

Part of this Service includes the Family Common Assessment Framework (fCAF) and Integrated Family Support (IFS) Team. The IFS Teams are part of Birmingham City Council’s Children and Family Services. Their aim is to ensure children and their families receive support early to prevent difficulties from getting worse. The IFS Team work closes with families to identify needs and suitable support, this might include accessing parenting groups or offering advice to families regarding financial issues or job opportunities. To access the IFS teams with concerns that you may have, you can speak to your nursery, or local children’s centre.

The Family Common Assessment Framework (fCAF) provides a method for assessing needs for children and young people to support earlier intervention and to improve joint working and communication between practitioners. It uses a common language for assessment purposes thereby giving a more consistent view for delivering the most appropriate response. The principles of fCAF draw together Children’s and Adult service providers to provide an integrated support plan addressing family needs. An fCAF is completed by any professional who works with the family or the child/ren, (Nursery Principal, Health Worker, Family Support Worker).

CIAS (Children Information and Advice Service) provides a single point of contact for all general enquires for the Children, Young People and Families Directorate. This will include;

1. Reporting concerns about a child (was the family information service)

2. Information for families (was the family information service)

3. School Administrations and pupil placements

4. Disabled Children’s social care

5. There is also an option for inquiries that do not fit into the above categories

The CIAS provides an accessible and responsive service, screening of assessments to determine appropriate action, how to apply for school admissions, advice about support available; and will advise the person calling about the most appropriate service for their enquiry. The CIAS can be accessed by phone: 0121 303 1888.

Twiglets Nursery has a whistleblowing policy;

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