At Slade Nursery School and Day Nursery the health, safety and well-being of every child is our concern. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. Our aim is that children will enjoy their time at Nursery. We want to work in partnership with you to help your child to achieve their full potential and make a positive contribution.
To promote a safe environment for pupils, our selection and recruitment policy includes all checks on staff and regular volunteers’ suitability, including DBS checks, as recommended by Oxfordshire County Council in accordance with current legislation.
In accordance with our responsibilities under section 175 of the Education Act 2002, we have a Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection (Headteacher) who is a member of the senior management team, and has received appropriate training for this role. It is her responsibility to ensure that all staff in contact with children receives child protection awareness training on a regular basis.
Every family faces challenges. We can offer Early Help to families to ensure that you can receive support when you need it. Early Help means working with you and your family so that small problems don't become bigger. If you feel you and your family might need support to solve some problems, you can ask to talk to the teacher or day nursery manager about early help.
On rare occasions our concern about a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Unless it is not safe for a child, we would always aim to achieve this with a parent’s consent. The procedures, which we follow, have been laid down by the Local Safeguarding Children Board and the school has adopted a Child Protection Policy in line with this for the safety of all. If you want to know more about our procedures or the policy, please speak to the Headteacher or your child’s Key person.
Our Designated People responsible for safeguarding in school are:
- Carol Lister (designated lead for Nursery School)
- Wendy Yolland and Louise Russell ( deputy designated lead for Slade Nursery School)
- Sandra Toms (designated lead for Day Nursery)
- Kamila ( deputy designated lead for Slade Day Nursery)
Oxfordshire safeguarding children board gives you useful information to help keep children safe
To report an Immediate Concerns about a Child
The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is the front door to Children’s Social Care for all child protection and immediate safeguarding concerns. If there is an immediate safeguarding concern, for example:
- Allegations/concerns that the child has been sexually/physically abused
- Concerns that the child is suffering from severe neglect or other severe health risks
- Concern that a child is living in or will be returned to a situation that may place him/her at immediate risk
- The child is frightened to return home
- The child has been abandoned or parent is absent
You should call the MASH immediately Tel: 0345 050 7666 (This number will take you through to Customer Services who will ask a series of questions and triage into MASH where safeguarding concerns are raised).