Safeguarding and child protection in nurseries
One of the key priorities of education & childcare recruitment agencies such as ours is the safeguarding of children. We expect each and every one of our candidates to share this commitment and be fully aware of the importance of child protection.
In this month’s article, we wanted to explore safeguarding and child protection in nurseries, and highlight some of the key areas that childcare practitioners and nurseries, need to understand.
What is safeguarding and child protection?
The UK government has provided guidance on what it expects safeguarding to mean, and in their Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) document, they highlight four main areas. These are:
- Protecting children from maltreatment
- Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
- Ensuring the children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes
Ultimately, safeguarding and child protection in nurseries comes down to making sure that children are well looked after when they are away from their homes, and those caring for the children need to understand their duties, roles and responsibilities.
Who is responsible for safeguarding pupils?
When it comes to safeguarding and child protection, the final answer is that it is everyone’s responsibility.
Everyone who works with children is responsible for keeping them safe, and this is especially important for education & childcare recruitment agencies such as Simply Supply.
To fulfil our responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of your pupils, we ensure that we have:
- Clear priorities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, which are stated in our key policy documentation, our website and throughout our recruitment process
- A clear commitment by our entire team to the importance of safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare
The Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) documentation also states that “Anyone working with children should see and speak to the child; listen to what they say; take their views seriously, and work with them and their families collaboratively when deciding how to support their needs.
Special provision should be put in place to support dialogue with children who have communication difficulties, unaccompanied children, refugees and those children who are victims of modern slavery and/or trafficking.”
How do we help safeguard your children?
As part of our commitment to our clients, SupplyCheck™ ensures that a thorough and detailed pre-employment vetting process is in place, which is applied to all candidates before they are given a position with us.
The SupplyCheck™ process includes:
- A full application form and interview, where we go through their working history in great detail, as well as outline important information such as Health and Safety, DBS checks and much more.
- The health and medical fitness declaration, which shows that the candidate has the appropriate physical and mental fitness needed for the role
- Identity checks, right to work in the UK and List 99 Checks
- DBS Enhanced and Disclosure Checks
- Checking of academic and professional qualifications
- Continuous monitoring and appraisals throughout their time with us
- We complete client visits and create supply guides so that our candidates are aware of the care standards set in your nursery before they even begin.
- Shining the spotlight on finding permanent staff
- How our clients benefit from our online portal
- Rate transparency and fair pay for teachers
In summary, safeguarding is a key priority for those working in the education & childcare sector, and this is especially true for businesses that regularly source nursery staff on temporary contracts.
We work hard to ensure that each candidate is of the highest calibre and that the continued safety and security of your pupils is maintained at all times.
To find out more about the safeguarding processes that we have in place, or to discuss how we could help you fill a position within your nursery, please get in touch with us on 01329 560 600 or email us here.