‘If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow.’
We have 3 Designated Safeguarding Leaders at Tom Thumb, Liz, Hannah & Nicky
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and expect all our staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share in this commitment.
All members of staff have a statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children at Brookland Infant and Nursery School at all times.
What is Safeguarding?
protecting children from abuse and maltreatment;
preventing harm to children’s health or development;
ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care; and
taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best life chances.
Some common themes in Safeguarding include the following:
Neglect, Emotional Abuse, Physical Abuse, Children Missing from Education, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), Bullying including Cyberbullying, Domestic Violence, Drugs, Fabricated or Induced Illness, Faith Abuse, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Forced Marriage, Gangs and Youth Violence, Mental Health, Preventing Radicalisation, Sexting and Trafficking.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
Safeguarding is the responsibility of all adults, especially those working or volunteering with children.
Tom Thumb Nursery aims to help protect the children in its care by working consistently and appropriately with all relevant agencies to reduce risk and promote the welfare of children.
Child protection is part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity which is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or at risk of suffering, significant harm.
Safeguarding encompasses more than just recognising and identifying children at risk from harm and taking action to prevent this.
Safeguarding has many other elements:
Safer Recruitment – ensuring that everyone working in our nursery is suitably qualified and safe to do so;
Safer Premises – this includes ensuring our nursery is secure and safe and that children can be collected and dropped off at nursery safely;
Risk Assessment – Trips out and other activities are risk assessed to minimise risk and keep children safe;
Curriculum – ensuring that we have a broad and balanced curriculum with activities that are fun and engaging, but safe. We always promote a resilient attitude, with sensible and realistic rules. This ensures children have a can do approach, can problem solve and think critically in order to stay safe
Partnership Working – working with other agencies to share information;
The Nursery adheres to the following three DfE safeguarding documents:
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022
The Prevent Duty 2015
All staff and volunteers receive annual Staffordshire Safeguarding updates, Child Protection and PREVENT training and are aware of the procedures for passing on concerns to the designated safeguarding leads.
Here is our own Safeguarding Policy:
Here are some useful Safeguarding websites:
Children and Families – Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board (staffsscb.org.uk)
Concerned about a Child or Young Person – Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board (staffsscb.org.uk)
Safeguarding – Staffordshire County Council
Keeping children safe | NSPCC