The whole of society has an obligation to protect children. As a registered nursery and in accordance with the guidelines laid down in The Children’s Act (1989), we have a duty to report any suspicious incidents as well as accidents to the relevant authorities, as the welfare of the child is of paramount importance.
Any injuries that your child arrives from home with to the setting will be logged in our ‘accident book’ under ‘home accidents’. A brief explanation, from you, on how the injury occurred will be required and also your signature. Any accidents that occur while your child is in the nursery will also be logged in the ‘accident book’, with an explanation as to how the accident occurred and again your signature will be required to witness the entry.
Any suspected incidents of abuse will be recorded and, if need be passed to the relevant authority. If a suspected case of abuse is brought to our attention we will first approach the child’s parents, as a continuation of our partnership arrangement. If there is a satisfactory explanation, then unnecessary investigations will be avoided. If explanations are unsatisfactory or the child still shows signs of abuse then we will not hesitate in contacting the authorities. If any cases of sexual abuse are suspected, then we will immediately inform the relevant authorities. All records are kept strictly confidential and will only be shared with relevant parties on a need to know basis.