Safeguarding & Child Protection

Here at Waltham Pre-School we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. We will be alert to signs of abuse and neglect and we will follow our procedures and policies to ensure that children receive effective support and protection. The Pre-School draws its information from the Department for Education statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’.

Our main priority above anything else is to make sure that all of our children are safe by promoting their welfare, wellbeing and keeping them safe from harm. Listed below are the members of staff that make up our Safeguarding Team.

Mrs Catherine Standley – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss Rachael Barker – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Victoria Rawcliffe – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

• Having a dedicated Safeguarding/Child Protection Team of three identified members of staff (see above)

• Having an up to date Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedures

• Having an open door policy where concerns can be shared in confidence

• By ensuring our staff members receive the relevant training when needed to stay up to date with the latest safeguarding procedures and information

• Where necessary, by sharing information with the appropriate agencies when concerns are raised

• Completing the checking procedures to ensure all staff members have the suitability to work with children and young people

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY OR WELL-BEING OF ANY CHILD YOU KNOW, YOU SHOULD ACT WITHOUT DELAY.

If you have a concern about a child or young person, you can contact:
• One of our Designated Safeguarding Leads
• Contact North East Lincolnshire Integrated Front Door (IFD) on 01472 326292 (Option 2) for guidance relating to low level concerns or to report serious concerns.
• Report a concern online via North East Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NELSCP) http://www.safernel.co.uk
• Contact the police on 101 or 999 if in an emergency

You should report any concerns, however small they may seem, as soon as you possibly can. Everyone has a responsibility to keep children safe from harm. Many people worry that their concerns or suspicions may be wrong or that they are interfering unnecessarily or that someone else might report it. Our advice would be to report in any case to the Pre-School or to the IFD team where they can give advice and the professionals can process the information you have.

  • North East Lincs Safeguarding Children Partnership
    Website dedicated to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in North East Lincolnshire
  • NSPCC
    The leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands
  • Samaritans
    Finding out a child is struggling to cope can be a frightening and distressing discovery for parents. The Samaritans offer support for parents of a child who is struggling to cope.
  • Young Minds Parents Mental Health Support
    Advice and helpline for parents who are worried about their child’s behaviour or mental health.
  • CEOP
    Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre