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Safeguarding and Policies

“Parents are unanimous that their children are taught to care and to look after one another and to resolve conflicts amiably. Children know how to take turns and are confident to ask one another or an adult for help. This helps to make the school very safe and welcoming”




Safeguarding children

“Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility”
We take child protection issues extremely seriously; at all times we consider the protection and safety of the children in our care. Child protection issues are always dealt with swiftly and appropriately, following procedures. All staff have attended child protection training and are familiar with the correct procedures.
At Gloucester Nursery, we follow the Child Protection procedures for the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Partnership, “Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018” and Northamptonshire “Thresholds and Pathways” document. It may be helpful for you to know that the law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including non-accidental injury, neglect, emotional or sexual abuse. We are encouraged to take the approach that where there are grounds for concern we should be over-cautious and seek advice, rather than to risk a child’s safety. Occasionally, this duty placed on staff means that a concern is passed on which is later shown to be unfounded. It is hoped that parent/carers will appreciate how difficult it is for schools to carry out this delicate responsibility and accept that the staff member was acting in good faith and in the best interests of all children.
Designated Safeguarding Leads for Child Protection are:
Lisa Jeffery (Headteacher) and Kerry Wright (Senior Family Worker).
Safeguarding Governor:
Jonny Smith
If you have concerns regarding children’s safety and protection, it is essential that you contact one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads.
For referrals regarding allegations against adults in education:
Designated officers:
Andy Smith                   07850299921
DO Administration      01604 362993
All school staff, governors and volunteers have to have Disclosure and Barring Service checks. A record called the Single Central Record records all these as well as other safeguarding and identity checks. Records of training attended are kept.
Early help
We know that many problems can be prevented if they are addressed early on. This is called Early Intervention or Early Help. If you feel you may have some difficulties that we can help you with, or if we have concerns about your child's wellbeing, we may offer you Early Help. This is a voluntary process where we sit down together and discuss any aspects of a child's life that may be causing concern, and together come up with a plan to make small steps towards positive change. Many families find it is really useful to work through this together. We can also invite other professionals such as health visitors or housing so that we can work together and this saves you having to keep discussing your family with lots of people separately.

Useful Links

Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NSCP) is a statutory partnership which was set up as a requirement of the "Children and Social Work Act 2017". NSCP ensures that all organisations that work with children work together to keep children and young people safe from harm. NSCP undertakes this role through providing training, the development of policies and procedures and awareness raising. Further information about the Partnership can be found here.
provides lots of useful information to help keep your child safe online, about spotting the signs and dealing with exploitation. There are different areas of the website for parents and for children.
Keeping your child safe online – a checklist for parents and carers (CEOP). Please refer to leaflet below.
An online safety story - follow the adventures of Smartie the Penguin as he learns how to be safe on the internet.
Teach your child the Underwear Rule and help protect them from abuse.  Its a simple way that parents can help keep children safe from abuse - without using scary words.
Educating against Hate - useful link for parents.
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