What is Safeguarding?
At Langley Moor Nursery School, we regard the safeguarding of children as our main priority. We believe that we all have the right to be happy, to be safe and to learn. We all have the responsibility to make this happen.
Welcome to our Safeguarding information page. Hopefully you will find everything that you need. Our nursery recognises that children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and or sexual identity have the right to be protected from harm. We have adopted Durham Local Safeguarding guidelines and policy.
All suspicions and allegations will be taken seriously and reported to our designated leads for Safeguarding: Mrs Simon and Mrs Nattrass.
Our Safeguarding Policy includes all aspects of nursery life, including wrap around care, staff, visitors, parents, carers, premises, the environment, daily teaching and practice, visits and children’s behaviours.
Members of staff responsible
All staff are responsible for ensuring that each child remains safe. The designated lead for Safeguarding is Mrs Simon and the deputy designated lead for Safeguarding is Mrs Nattrass.
We follow strict guidelines to ensure that everyone who works with our children is vetted. Ongoing checks and “whistle-blowing” are in line with current policy.
All staff are trained and supported to ensure that they are equipped to appropriately recognise, respond to and support children who are vulnerable and may be in need of safeguarding. Staff are encouraged to be vigilant in order to maintain the safety of our children. All staff have read and follow the guidelines in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023.
Staff are able to respond appropriately to:
- Significant changes in children’s behaviour
- Deterioration in children’s well-being
- Unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse
- Signs of neglect
- Comments children make which give cause for concern
In advance of a child starting we must obtain the following information:
- Emergency contact numbers
- Special dietary or health requirements
- Any allergies or conditions the child has
- Information about parental responsibilities
- Any care or court orders in place for the child
- A security password, in case a different adult is sent to collect a child
Parents and carers must tell us of any changes to these details.
Any information which we hold is treated as confidential and shared on a “need to know” basis.
Links With Other Agencies
Nursery staff are aware of the need to share information appropriately. The procedures followed are in line with the local authority child protection procedures.
We are supported by a range of external agencies which can be called upon to support the work we do in school. These include Health Practitioners, Educational Psychologist, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Behaviour Support, Social Services and Specialists in supporting SEND and Speech and Language.
Any Questions or Concerns
If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the nursery. The school can be contacted through email or by telephone. Please ask for Mrs Simon.
For further information about Safeguarding please see our full Safeguarding Policy in the School Policies section of our website.