1.1 Piglets will work with children, parents and the community to ensure the rights and safety of children and to give them the very best start in life. Our Safeguarding Policy is based on the requirements of the local safeguarding board. Piglets is committed to building a culture of safety in which children are protected from abuse and harm in all areas. Our Designated person who co-ordinates child protection is Sarah Bettinson. Our designated officer who oversees this work is Sarah Bettinson and in her absence is Dawn Bryant. We ensure all staff are trained to understand our safeguarding policies and procedures and that parents are made aware of them too. All staff have an up to date knowledge of safeguarding issues. We provide adequate and appropriate staffing resources to meet the needs of children. Applicants for posts within the setting are clearly informed that the positions are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Candidates are informed of the need to carry out ‘enhanced disclosure’ checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service. Where applications are rejected because of obtaining information that has been disclosed, applicants have the right to know and to challenge incorrect information. We abide by Ofsted requirements in respects of references and Disclosure and barring services checks for staff and volunteers, to ensure that no disqualified person or unsuitable person works at the setting or has access to children. Volunteers do not work unsupervised. We record information about staff qualifications, and the identity checks and vetting process that have been completed including: the disclosure and barring service reference number. The date the disclosure was obtained and details of who obtained it. We informed all staff that they expected to disclose any convictions, cautions, courts order or reprimands and warning which may affect their suitability to work with children (whether received before or during their employment with us). We annually ask each of staff if they or a member of their household have any new criminal convictions or cautions in the last year. We abide by the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 requirements in respects of any person who is dismissed from our employment, or resigns in circumstances that would otherwise have led to dismissal for reasons of a child protection concern. We have procedures for recording the details of visitors to the setting. We take security steps to ensure that we have control over who comes into the setting so that no unauthorised person has unsupervised access to the children. We take steps to ensure children are not photographed or filmed on video for any purpose than to record their development or their participations in events organised by us. Parents sign a consent form and have access to record holding visual images of their child. Piglets 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 down in ‘What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused(HMG 2006).
Child protection is part of the wider work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering from any form of abuse and neglect. It also involves protecting children and young people from maltreatment and preventing impairment of a child’s health and development by ensuring children raised in positive circumstances by providing safe and caring environments. Parents or carer who fail to protect or care for their children could be taken to court and the child be then removed from the home and placed into care. Wider form of safeguarding also include, risk assessment such as providing safe environment inside and outside a school setting. Adhering to