Pitlochry Pre-School Playgroup Child Protection Policy "It's everyone's job to make sure I'm alright" Child Protection Information for parent users of the playgroup All children attending Playgroup (including children and their families who are visitors to the playroom/playgroup) have the right to be free from harm, and to be respected and listened to, to feel safe with their carers and amongst their peers. The Child Protection Officer for the playgroup is: The Senior staff member. (Fiona Seaton) Door entry system operated by members of Staff Only Pick up person for children must be known to staff. Parents are able to change and toilet their own child only Any signs/disclosures of abuse from a child must be taken seriously by any person. IT IS EVERYONES JOB TO ENSURE A CHILD IS FREE FROM ANY FORMS OF ABUSE. All incidents must be reported via playgroup Manager/Lead Practitioner or reported to a Child Protection Agency Playgroup operates an Absentee policy in which parents are asked to contact the staff if their child is not able to attend, staff will follow this up after a short period of non contact. Playgroup operates a Policy of Positive Behaviour and therefore we expect all parents and staff to adhere to the processes of this policy. i.e. no smacking, grabbing or shaking or shouting at any child. (Constraining must be kept to the minimum and should be done only as a last resort in order to protect a child or to protect another child) In the event of a fire or other emergency from the Playroom, the use of minimum restraint may be used for example if a child is reluctant to leave the playroom then the adults on duty may lift the child to safety. Parent to ensure that the Contact details for their child must be current and updated. All staff will undergo current and relevant training on child protection issues. All staff have a duty to care and must report concerns about any child. The playgroup also employs the following policies in respect of the protection of children: No Smoking Policy, Alcohol and Drugs Misuse Policy, Positive Behaviour Policy, Absentee Policy. The Playgroup also uses the guidance details contained in the publication of the Multi Agency Child Protection Guidelines of Local Authority. A copy of the full contents of the Child Protection Guidelines and current information is given to each new Playgroup member and they are asked to sign once they have read this document. The document is left accessible upon our notice board. If you have suspicions or concerns and are unsure of what to do you can contact the following Teams: Social Work Child Protection Team: 01738 476768 Out of hours Social Work: 01382 301120 Police Child Protection Team: 01738 892912 Or if emergency 999 This policy will be displayed in the Policy Folder within the cloakroom All play workers and committee members will have a working knowledge of this policy. This policy was adopted at a meeting of: The Pitlochry Pre-School Playgroup. Date……………………….. Signed by…………………………………………….. Date……………………… Position in group………………………………….. Date……………………….. FLOW CHART REFERRING CHILD PROTECTION CONCERNS A CHILD MAKES AN ALLEGATION OR A CONCERN IS RAISED BY STAFF OR A PLAYGROUP PARENT/CARER ABOUT A CHILD PLEASE INFORM THE SENIOR STAFF MEMBER WHO IS THE CHILD PROTECTION OFFICER Will consult with the Health Visitor or any other Child Protection Agency for more support or advise THE CHILD PROTECTION OFFICER WILL CONTACT THE CHILD PROTECTION TEAM Who will offer guidance and advice NO FURTHER ACTION MONITOR AND OBSERVE CHILD PROTECTION TEAM GATHER MORE INVESTIAGE INFORMATION YOUR ROLE IS TO REFER THE INFORMATION THAT YOU HAVE. IT IS THE ROLE OF THE CHILD PROTECTION TEAM TO INVESTIGATE ANY ALLEGATION MADE.
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