Safeguarding at Blue Bell Woods ~ Protecting our Children

At Blue Bell Woods, we believe the safety and well-being of each child is paramount. We follow the EYFS Statutory Framework 2017 which states:-


Providers must be alert to any issues for concern in the child’s life at home or elsewhere. Providers must have and implement a policy, and procedures, to safeguard children. These should be in line with the guidance and procedures of the relevant Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). The safeguarding policy and procedures must include an explanation of the action to be taken in the event of an allegation being made against a member of staff, and cover the use of mobile phones and cameras in the setting.

"Safeguarding arrangements are highly robust and the staff place a strong emphasis on ensuring children in their care are well protected. All staff understand their role in protecting children from harm and are fully aware of how to follow correct safeguarding procedures, should they have a concern about a child or member of staff. The manager and deputy are designated persons and fully understand the responsibility of this role." Ofsted, September 2014

A practitioner must be designated to take lead responsibility for safeguarding children in every setting. The lead practitioner is responsible for liaison with local statutory children's services agencies, and with the LSCB. They must provide support, advice and guidance to any other staff on an ongoing basis, and on any specific safeguarding issue as required. The lead practitioner must attend a child protection training course that enables them to identify, understand and respond appropriately to signs of possible abuse and neglect

Designated  Safeguarding Leads

Who should I take my concerns to?

  Gemma Jones (Manager)            Steph McKee (Deputy Manager)         Julie Alsop (Deputy Manager)

Providers must train all staff to understand their safeguarding policy and procedures, and ensure that all staff have up to date knowledge of safeguarding issues. Training made available by the provider must enable staff to identify signs of possible abuse and neglect at the earliest opportunity, and to respond in a timely and appropriate way.

All staff at Blue Bell Woods Day Nursery have a rigorous induction programme, ongoing training,  and are aware of our robust Safeguarding Policies and Procedures. 

Providers must have regard to the Government's statutory guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013’. If providers have concerns about children's safety or welfare, they must notify agencies with statutory responsibilities without delay. This means the local children's social care services and, in emergencies, the police.

Providers must have regard to the government's statutory guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015’  and to the ‘Prevent duty guidance for England and Wales 2015’ . If providers have concerns about children's safety or welfare, they must notify agencies with statutory responsibilities without delay. This means the local children's social care services and, in emergencies, the police.

Registered providers must inform Ofsted of any allegations of serious harm or abuse by any person living, working, or looking after children at the premises (whether the allegations relate to harm or abuse committed on the premises or elsewhere). Registered providers must also notify Ofsted of the action taken in respect of the allegations. These notifications must be made as soon as is reasonably practicable, but at the latest within 14 days of the allegations being made. A registered provider who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with this requirement, commits an offence.

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