At Smart Kids Learning (SKL), we are committed to creating a safe and secure environment for all children in our care. This Safeguarding Policy outlines our approach to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, in accordance with UK law and best practices.
2. Safeguarding Principles
a) Child Protection: We recognize that safeguarding and protecting children is everyone’s responsibility. We are dedicated to identifying, responding to, and reporting any concerns or suspicions of abuse or neglect promptly.
b) Prevention: We aim to create an environment that actively prevents harm to children. We will implement robust safeguarding measures, including appropriate policies, procedures, and staff training.
c) Child-Centered Approach: We prioritize the best interests, well-being, and safety of every child. We will listen to and respect their views, ensuring their voices are heard and valued in matters affecting them.
3. Roles and Responsibilities
a) Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): We have appointed a DSL who is responsible for overseeing the implementation of this policy, acting as a point of contact for staff, children, parents, and external agencies. The DSL will receive appropriate training to fulfill their role effectively.
b) Staff Responsibilities: All staff members are responsible for promoting a safe and secure environment, recognizing signs of abuse or neglect, and reporting concerns to the DSL. Staff will receive regular training on safeguarding and child protection procedures.
c) Communication and Collaboration: We will maintain effective communication and collaboration with parents/carers, external agencies, and relevant professionals, ensuring a coordinated approach to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
4. Safer Recruitment and Staff Training
a) Recruitment Procedures: We follow strict recruitment processes, including thorough background checks, verifying qualifications, and obtaining references, to ensure the suitability of all staff members working with children.
b) Ongoing Training: We provide regular safeguarding training for all staff members to increase their awareness of child protection issues, signs of abuse, and appropriate reporting procedures. Staff will stay updated on the latest safeguarding guidance and legislation.
5. Identifying and Reporting Concerns
a) Recognising Signs of Abuse: We will educate staff members about the signs and indicators of abuse, including physical, emotional, sexual abuse, neglect, and online safety risks.
b) Reporting Procedures: Any concerns about the welfare of a child will be reported immediately to the DSL. Staff members will follow our established reporting procedures, maintaining confidentiality and ensuring the safety and well-being of the child is prioritized.
6. Confidentiality and Information Sharing
a) Confidentiality: We will handle all information relating to safeguarding concerns with the utmost confidentiality, sharing it only on a need-to-know basis. All staff members are aware of their duty to respect confidentiality and maintain appropriate records.
b) Information Sharing: We will share relevant information with appropriate external agencies when required, in line with legal requirements and best practices, to ensure the welfare and protection of children.
7. Review and Monitoring
a) Policy Review: This Safeguarding Policy will be reviewed annually, or more frequently if necessary, to ensure its effectiveness, compliance with legal requirements, and alignment with current best practices.
b) Monitoring: We will monitor and evaluate our safeguarding practices, seeking feedback from staff, children, parents, and external agencies, to identify areas for improvement and ensure our policies and procedures remain effective and robust.
8. Contact Information
If you have any concerns or queries regarding this Safeguarding Policy or the welfare of a child, please contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) at the following address:
Smart Kids Learning Unit 1 Alma House, Newtown Shopping Centre, Birmingham B19 2SS
T: 0330 133 0405 | E: [email protected] | W: www.smartkidslearning.co.uk