Whilst the pre-school is not an investigation agency, a strong emphasis is placed on the staff teams to safeguard the children that attend pre-school. All members of staff are trained to identify and acknowledge when children and families are in need of support. Staff are obliged to raise their concerns with the Group Leader and the pre-school manager. All concerns will be treated in the strictest confidence. In severe cases of child abuse the pre-school are obliged to inform Social Services and parents will be made aware of any action taken. Our aim is to create a pre-school environment that ensures children are safeguarded and protected from any form of abuse and which will give continued support to children and families.
As a pre-school and as a staff team our priority is always for the safety and wellbeing of the children and their families. With this in mind we strive to maintain the highest levels of confidentiality at all times; details of our stance regarding this matter are contained within our Confidentiality Procedure which is available for you to see on the pre-school noticeboard.
The growing use of technology and social networking sites increases the opportunities for problems to occur in this area and South Gloucestershire Council have provided guidelines which must be followed. This guidance includes the following statements:
- Adults will not engage in an on-line activity that may compromise their professional responsibilities or compromise the reputation of the setting or the safety and wellbeing of staff and children.
- Adults will only communicate with parents/carers using official systems unless given permission.
All of our staff team have been asked not to discuss any of the children on any occasion away from the setting. Please can we therefore ask that you ensure that any questions or concerns you have regarding your child are addressed during session time and not at any other time. All staff have signed a Confidentiality Agreement and you could not only put them into an awkward situation but you may also be compromising their position by approaching them at any other time. We would also be grateful if you could consider these points when having any contact with any of the staff team via social networking sites, such as Facebook.