What is safeguarding and child protection and why are they important?

A Nursery’s (or school’s, or club’s…) safeguarding policy is a vital document that tells you, the parent (as well as Nursery staff, Ofsted and the Local Authority teams) how we, the Nursery:

  • Protect children from maltreatment
  • Prevent any impairment of their health and development
  • Ensure children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care and
  • Take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes in their lives

Safeguarding is a term which is broader than ‘child protection’. It relates to the action taken to promote the positive welfare of children and how professionals actively protect children from harm.

Child protection focuses on protecting individual children who have been identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm , for example through physical violence or because they are malnourished. For this very purpose, all our practitioners are trained and competent in recognising signs and symptoms of abuse and aware of how to respond to concerns about a child.

It’s a very good idea to become familiar with your Nursery’s protocol and what you should do if you suspect abuse to a child.

At Little Learners Nurseries we display contact information for the relevant authorities in every room, and on the parent notice boards. The important thing is never to think that you’re being silly, or that it doesn’t really matter, or that it’s only a little thing. If something is niggling you, never doubt your instinct! Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility and adults must always act when it comes to the safety and wellbeing of a child.

If you ever have a concern, report your concerns to the nursery manager or turn to authorities for advice, with the simple aim of ensuring the safety of all children is always met!