Safeguarding and Child Protection

At The Old Fire Station Nursery we are committed to safeguarding all children in our care. We strongly believe that safeguarding the welfare of children is paramount in every situation. As Early Years practitioners the most important role we have is to ensure that every child’s welfare is promoted, all of our staff are committed in sharing this vision.

The purpose of having a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is to achieve a nurturing and child friendly environment where children can have fun and be safe.

We are dedicated in ensuring that children learn to protect themselves from harm by teaching them safeguarding principles from a early age, which we do through activities and discussions.

We follow the guidance supplied by Birmingham Children’s Safeguarding Board on the ‘Right Service, Right Time’ and ‘Early Help’. Our Prime responsibility is the welfare and wellbeing of all the children in our care. We believe we have duty to the children, parents/carers and staff to offer ‘Early Help’ by acting quickly and responsibly in any instance that may come to our attention. All staff will work as part of a multi-agency team, where needed in the best interests of the child. We believe it is crucial to identify and intervene as early as possible in order to get the best possible outcomes for the child and their family.

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) have undertaken the relevant training to make sure they are able to respond quickly to any safeguarding concerns. The DSL’s will undertake annual refresher training to ensure their knowledge is up-to-date. At least one of our DSL’s will be on duty throughout the day.

We comply with the ‘Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults Who Work With Children and Young People’ document. All of the management team have completed ‘Safer Recruitment’ training. All staff, students and volunteers are vetted which involves carrying out DBS checks. All members of the team hold relevant childcare qualifications; have relevant employment histories; and are checked that they are safe and suitable to work with children.

For further details please see our Safeguarding/ Child Protection Policy and Procedure Safeguarding Policy.

For further support and advice:

NSPCC: 0800 1111

Women’s Aid: 0808 800 0028 

Children Advice and Support Service (CASS): 0121 303 1888 

CASS Emergency Out of Hours: 0121 675 4806

Ofsted: 0300 123 1231

Local children’s centre by clicking on the link: http://childrenscentresfinder.direct.gov.uk/childrenscentresfinder