Updated: - December 2014
My responsibility as a childminder is to ensure the safety and welfare of all the children in my care in line with the procedures laid
out by my local Safeguarding Childrens Board.
(The Safeguarding Children Board is responsible for producing Safeguarding Children Procedures based on national guidelines set
out in Working Together to Safeguard Children (Dept. of Education & Skills). It monitors the effectiveness of the Procedures systematically
and amends them as it becomes necessary.)
I have received training on Safeguarding Children (Child Protection) and am aware of the signs and symptoms of child abuse, physical,
emotional and sexual, and those of neglect.
If I have reason to believe that any child in my care is being abused in any way I will report the matter to the Duty Social Worker for
Social Services, Child protection Team. Under these circumstances I will not be able to keep information relating to your child confidential,
but will need to share it with Ofsted, Social Services and the Police if requested.
A copy of "Child Protection Committee Child Protection Guidelines for childminders" booklet is available for you to read if required.
This sets out the guidelines for how I must record any incidents and disclosures and the procedures I must follow.
Please see my Allegations of Abuse Against a childminder Policy regarding how I protect myself and my family from allegations being made against us.
As a childminders I take lead responsibility for safeguarding children in the setting and am responsible for liaising with my local statutory children's
services agency, and the LSCB.
Although kelly fish is registered as an assistant we ensure that she is fully aware of my Safeguarding Children Policy and procedures, and ensure that
she has up to date knowledge of safeguarding issues.
I also ensure she is fully aware of the signs of possible abuse and neglect and notice these at the earliest opportunity, and respond in a timely and appropriate way.
These may include:
Significant changes in children's behavior.
Deterioration in children's general well-being.
Unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse or neglect.
Children's comments which give cause for concern.
Any reasons to suspect neglect or abuse outside the setting, for example in the child's home; and/or Inappropriate behavior displayed by other members of staff,
or any other person working with the children. For example, inappropriate sexual comments; excessive one-to-one attention beyond the requirements of their usual
role and responsibilities; or inappropriate sharing of images.
I will inform Ofsted of any allegations of serious harm or abuse by any person living, working, or looking after children at the premises (whether the allegations
relate to harm or abuse committed on the premises or elsewhere). I will also notify Ofsted of the action taken in respect of the allegations.
These notifications will be made as soon as is reasonably practicable, but at the latest within 14 days of the allegations being made.
Whilst your child is in my care I will utilise digital cameras and mobile technology which includes, but is not limited to, mobile phones, tablet devices and other
forms of electronic storage, these devices will be used to store digital photographs and other electronic data, whilst using these devices within and outside of my setting I
will follow these guidelines:
I will seek your permission to allow a camera, mobile phone or other digital device to take and store photographs for record keeping or display purposes.
If using a camera, mobile phone or other digital device to take photographs of your child, the photographs will be uploaded to the Baby's Days system, used
for daily diaries, observations, or from time to time advertising purposes, the photographs will then be removed from the devices.
I will not distribute or publish any images of your child without your consent.
I will always be able to justify to Ofsted the reason for taking the photographs.
I will always ensure children are appropriately dressed.
I am registered with the Information Commissioners Office - the Data Protection Act.
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Police Station: 0845 60 70 999
Local Early Years Team: 01273 294283
Ofsted: 0300 123 123 1
New Contact Details september 1st 2014
Early Help Hub
The Early Help Hub comprises
• Early Help Support team deals with enquiries and referrals
• Family Information Service (FIS) takes enquiries from public including parents/carers
• Early Help Mentor team supports professionals to support families
professionals can contact the Early Help Hub at:
, or by telephone: 01273 292632.
Referrals to the Early Help Hub can only be made via the Early Help Referral Form or the Early
Help Assessment Form.
These can be found at:
education/childrens-services , or by contacting the Early Help Hub.
The FIS contacts are not changing and the public can continue to make contact at:
www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/fis , or
or by telephone: 01273 293545
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub – MASH
From 1st September 2014 new safeguarding enquiries and referrals should go to MASH at:
, or by telephone: 01273 290400.
The MASH takes over from the current ACAS service for all contacts to social work.
The Threshold document can be found at: