Pre-school Children

Child Safeguarding Policy

Statement of intent

Our pre-school wants to work with children, parents and the community to ensure the safety of children and to give them the very best start in life.


Our aims are to:

The legal framework for this work is:

Liaison with other bodies:


Staffing and volunteering


We seek out training opportunities for all adults involved in the pre-school to ensure that they are able to recognise the signs and symptoms of possible physical abuse: may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scolding, drowning, suffocating, or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces, illness in a child.  Emotional abuse: is the persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development.  It may involve conveying to children that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meets the needs of another person.  It may include not giving the child opportunities to express their views, deliberately silencing them or “making fun” of what they say or how they communicate.  It may feature age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children.  These may include interactions that are beyond the child’s developmental capability, as well as over protection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing the child participating in normal social interaction.  It may involve seeing or hearing the ill treatment of another.  It may involve serious bullying (including cyber-bullying), causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children.  Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, though it may occur alone. Sexual abuse: involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take parts in sexual activities, not necessarily involving a high level of violence, whether or not the child is aware what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration (for example, rape or oral sex) or non penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside of clothing.  They may also include non contact activities, such as involving children looking at, or in the production of, sexual images, watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet). Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males.  Women can also commit acts of abuse as can other children.  Neglect: is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse. Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to:


The layout of the rooms allows for constant supervision in line with the EYFS ration requirements.


Concerns about a child in the setting


Where a child makes a disclosure to a member of staff, that member of staff:

All staff should refer concerns or suspicions of abuse to the designated person (Kaye Clapson) as soon as possible. If the designated person is not available they should report the manager or Deputy manager on duty.

Recording suspicions of abuse and disclosures

Staff make a record of :

These records are signed and dated and kept in a separate confidential file, once reported to the children and family service duty officer.

Any referral to Children Family Services usually needs to be followed up in writing within 48 hours.

All members of staff know the procedures for recording and reporting.


All suspicions and investigations are kept confidential and shared only with those who need to know. Any information is shared under the guidance of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB)

OFSTED will be informed of any disclosures and allegations.

Support to families


Ofsted requires all registered providers to have a policy regarding allegations being made against an adult working in the setting, whether they are a member of staff, volunteer or a student.

Little Owls follow the LSCB policies and procedures, as well as following the principles of good practice, protect both children and adults. However an allegation may be made and in such circumstances the setting’s procedures should be followed.

Procedure to follow when an allegation is made against a member of staff

The member of staff against whom an allegation has been made should always be:

Suspension does not need to be automatic. It should be considered in cases where:

If the individual returns to work following suspension, the employer should consider what help and support might be appropriate and how best to manage the staff member’s contact with the child concerned if they are still attending the setting.

An allegation should be treated seriously and objectively, with those concerned keeping an open mind.

They should not:

They should:

What to do if an allegation is made against myself or another member of staff

If an allegation of harm to a child or a young person is made against a child carer the case will need to be referred to the nominated safeguarding person (Kaye Clapson), who will consider the allegation and decide whether the case needs to be referred to and investigated by the Local authority designated Officer (LADO) who can be contacted on 01724 298293. They will then liaise with other agencies and advise on next steps, including possible suspension of staff.  Parents should be made aware of this procedure on induction and know what the procedure is should they have any concerns about the adults working with the children/young people.

If the allegation is made to the childcare and workforce team or any other agency, they have a duty to refer it to the LADO.  Registered providers must inform OFSTED of any allegations of serious harm or abuse by a person living, working, or looking after children at the premises (whether that allegation relates to harm or abuse committed on the premises or elsewhere), or any other abuse which is alleged to have taken place on the premises, and of the action taken in respect of these allegations.  Registered providers must inform OFSTED of these allegations as soon as is reasonably practicable, but at the latest within 14 days of the allegations being made.  OFSTED can be contacted on 0300 123 1231

Procedures to help staff from allegations of abuse.

Staff will ensure the following

Advice, help and/or support is sought if they find a child’s behaviour is persistently challenging or difficult to manage.

In line with the revised EYFS the following policies and procedures are part of our safeguarding policy.

Phone contact Numbers


Referral Management Team
Church Square House
Church Square
DN15 6NL


Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Nikki Alcock 01724 298293

To contact a social worker who is already engaged with a case, ring 01724 296677

Ofsted 0300 123 1231 (to be used in ALL referrals)

This policy was reviewed and updated in September 2014