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The procedures of the pre-school for responding to abuse. Young children are vunreable to forms of abuse and mostly from people they trust. It is hard to comprehend that anyone can abuse children but it does happen. The setting has CRB checks on all staff before starting work in the setting, correct staffing levels and volunteers and students not left alone with children. The governments green paper Every Child Matters required every local authority to from local safeguarding children boards. They work to safeguard and promote children's welfare and develop polices and procedures for child protection. The setting has a child protection policy to outline how children are to be safeguarded from forms of abuse, procedures to be followed in the event of an allegation of neglect or abuse. ...read more.


Staff have the opportunities to abuse children in one to one situations. Doors to rooms must not be closed and cuddles only given at the child's request. We should be aware of a child's reaction to a practitioner and investigate if it's causing concerns. The setting must be aware of national standard 13 (Child protection) and follow the guidance it lays down. We have an appointed children protection officer and practitioners can discuss any concerns about a child with her. Practitioners attend child protection training to enable them to recognize signs and symptoms of abuse and procedures in dealing with them. We aim to empower children to become independent and take control, which gives children confidence to avoid abuse. ...read more.


The findings should be reported to the L.S.C.B by using the local first call telephone number in our contact file. They will pass on advice on what to do next and ask for information gathered, concerning the abuse, to be passed on within 24 hours. Information is confidential and must not be discussed outside of the setting. Article 19 of the UN convention on the rights of the child states " Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents or anyone else who looks after them". It is also important for practioners to help children to understand how to protect themselves. Beaver et al (2004 p 243) suggest that if this happens well the outcome,' will promote children's confidence, assertiveness and communication skills, as well as contributing to their protection.' ...read more.

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