CHILD PROTECTION AND SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT
We take Child Protection issues extremely seriously and will take relevant significant action when appropriate.
Parents and carers need to be aware that in the event of a member of staff suspecting that a pupil may have been deliberately harmed or neglected by his or her parents, carers or others, the school has a duty to inform the local Social Services Team Manager. Parents and carers may or may not be informed of this, depending on the circumstances and in the best interests of the child. If the Team Manager shares the school’s concern, he or she will contact the Police to agree the best way of carrying out an investigation.
These procedures, which take account of guidance issued by Central Government are described in detail in the school’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policies, copies of which you are welcome to look at in school. We feel sure you will realise that these safeguards are necessary to ensure the welfare of all children, and that referrals have to be made in cases where harm to a child is suspected.
The teachers with key responsibility for child protection issues are Mrs White and Miss Hegarty.
By law, the school governors have to select one of themselves as the Child Protection Governor. Mrs Teresa Scarlett is the Child Protection and Safeguarding Governor. The Headteacher, Mrs White, and Cllr Whittle, Chair of Governors, hold certificates in Safer Recruitment. All staff at the school have undertaken safeguarding training.
Health & Safety
We are always safety conscious at Hornsea Nursery School. The internal main door has a security lock, which prevents unwanted access from the reception area.
A security fence surrounds our premises and children are unable to leave the building/grounds. The children only play outside when accompanied by a qualified adult and they are properly supervised at all times.
The nursery has CCTV which covers the front of the building and the children’s playground. This feeds a live image to a monitor in the office.
It's Serious Stuff!!
We believe every child has the right to feel safe and loved. At Hornsea Nursery we do are upmost to ensure children are safe.
As part of a rolling program we support the children to recognise staying safe in a developmentally appropriate way.
We look at -
Through the curriculum we provide children with many experiences where we will support them to 'make choices' & 'risk assess'. Examples of these opportunities - Forest School, Beach School, Tool area, Children's Kitchen etc.
East Riding of Yorkshire - Inspection of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers
As part of the nursery's commitment to safeguarding and learning from others we have reflected on the Local Authorities inspection report. We recognise all agencies have a part to play in improving services. As a result we are considering how we can improve in the following areas
Recommendations made by Ofsted to the LA
1. Ensure that when children’s plans are recorded all of them are clear about actions to be taken, who has responsibility for them and the timescales they must be completed in, and that they are regularly updated.
2. Strengthen child protection strategy discussions and meetings by ensuring that they are more consistently informed by the involvement of all relevant professionals.
4. Ensure that high-quality emotional and mental health support is available to meet the needs of the children looked after population.
5. Ensure that personal education plans are of a consistently good quality.
In addition the headteacher is a member of the East Riding Safeguarding Children's Board Education Reference Group and Chair of Hornsea Children's Centre Advisory Board.