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Child Safeguarding and Behaviour Policy for Goldfinch Create and Play

This policy is for measures taken by Goldfinch Create and Play to keep children safe.

This policy is for preschool children up to age 16. This policy applies to everyone employed or working at the café, including the Directors of Goldfinch Create and Play.

1. General
All children and young people have the same protection regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity. The policy was developed with reference to NSPCC guidelines, who see child welfare as paramount, as enshrined in The Children Act 1989. At Goldfinch Create and Play, we aim to maintain a positive and supportive environment for all children. We do not tolerate bullying. If concerns are raised about a child’s behaviour, the child will first be informed, if bad behaviour persists, parents or carers will by notified.

2. Preschool Art
· Stay and Create 1.5 – 5 years
Parents are required to stay for the duration of the art class. Whilst the art teachers will be running the class, the children are the responsibility of the parent or carer. If the child needs to use the toilet their parent or carer will assist where necessary.

· Create and Play 3 – 5 years
Children are required to be left in the art class for the duration. The parent or carer is welcome to wait in the café below if they are concerned about their child settling in. For Create and Play Classes should a child need to be accompanied to the toilet or nappy change the teachers should be informed at enrolment. The classes are 1 hour long so this is not expected to be a frequent occurrence. There are always 2 teachers on the floor so if a teacher is assisting with nappy changing, the remaining children will be supervised. To minimise these occurrences, we encourage parents to prepare the pupils in advance of each session and take them to the toilet.

3. Policy Applicable to All Classes (including Preschool, Afterschool and Yoga)
Goldfinch Create and Play teacher will sign your child in as they arrive and ensure we have the parent of carers mobile number.

All Goldfinch Create and Play teachers have a teaching and or art degree and are DBS checked. There will always be at least one teacher at the café who has First Aid training.

4. Social Media
We take photographs from time to time to document art processes and finished products, we will not post photos of children’s faces without consent. Photos will only be taken on company phones, not personal devices. If permission is granted for use of photos, they will be for the purpose of Goldfinch Create and Play social media pages.

5. Drop off/ collect
Children at or under Year 5, will be expected to be accompanied by their parent across the threshold of the ground floor door and will also be expected to pick up their child from the café promptly. Child collections by an alternative family member or carer must be planned prior to the class with Goldfinch Create and Play

6. Physical contact
There may be occasions when physical contact is necessary, such as assisting children with cutting, cleaning, gluing. There may be occasions when children are upset for whatever reason. On these occasions, the staff will supervise each other to give a level of comfort that is within normal bounds. The pupil will not be removed from the open space to give such comfort and will be in clear sight of all members of staff and club. Depending on the severity, we may call the parent, or discuss with parent at pick up time or in extreme cases, call 999. Restrictions on our art leaders and assistants. One-to-one interaction Very occasionally, it may be necessary for the art leader to withdrawal a child from the general area or to a quiet corner to discuss plans for projects or for mild disciplinary reasons like being too talkative and distracting the remaining children. These discussions will be brief and any continuing discipline concerns will be advised to parents on pickup. Typically, these are easily resolved within the club.

7. Toilet facilities
Toilet facilities are on both ground floor and first floor, with accessible toilets on the ground floor.

8. Food and Drink
No food or drink is to be consumed during any of the Goldfinch classes unless specific to an event, for example Holiday Clubs and Art Parties.

9. Allergies
Some children carry EpiPens for allergic reaction. Please make the staff aware and provide all guidance required on the assumption that the art leader knows nothing. Normally, these EpiPens can be accommodated, but the date of medicines and the medicines being full- are the responsibility of the parent. Goldfinch Create and Play has a basic first aid kit. Please inform us if your child has an inhaler. If a child is obviously sick or overly distressed on entering the art club, the art leader may request the child does not attend that day.

10. Disclosures by children while at Goldfinch Create and Play
CS 08092019 V6 Revised 01 02 2023 All businesses working with children have a duty of care. On being in receipt of a disclosure, art leaders will firstly, tell the child that because they have a duty of care, they have to tell someone else about what was just said. After the session, the art leader will telephone the local County Council child protection service (either the normal daily service or out of hours service) to give details of the child, their parents, and other details the child protection service may require. Important aspects of the report may include but not limited to:-
– What exactly was disclosed
– Is the child an only child
– Was there any marks or injuries
– What was the emotional behaviour
– Who collected the child
– How was the child when they left
– Is the child due to return to Goldfinch Create and Play
– Did they say anything else
– Is the person who the child named, living at the child’s home In reporting disclosures, it’s recognised that child protection is a higher priority than data protection. Where the behaviour and disclosure gives rise for immediate concern over the child returning home after the session, the art leader will call 999 and request immediate assistance.

The art teacher may write a short summary of the situation using a document on the companies shared drive, and then uploading the document into Citation Atlas system in personal documents for reasons of auditable document trail.

11. Safeguarding Allegation Policy
This policy sets out a framework on steps required if an allegation of child or adult abuse is made against a member of staff or a volunteer. This policy applies to all employees and contractors and anyone working on behalf or undertaking work or volunteering for Goldfinch Create and Play. The purpose of this Policy is to provide a framework for managing cases where allegations are made about staff that indicate that children, young people or adults at risk are believed to have suffered, or are likely to suffer, significant harm. And for managing any concern raised about behaviour which demonstrates unsuitability for working with children, young people or adults at risk. If it is alleged that a person who works or volunteers at our setting has:
• Behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or likely to have harmed a child /adult. CS 08092019 V6 Revised 01 02 2023
• Possibly committed a criminal offence against/related to a child/adult.
• Failed to work collaboratively with social care agencies when issues about care of children, young people or adults at risk of harm are being investigated.
• Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates he/she is unsuitable to work with children.

12. Reporting and Managing Allegations
On becoming aware of an issue of an allegation, all staff have a duty to inform their Line Manager. They should:
• Inform the local authority designated officer (LADO) within 24 hours so that he/she can consult police and social care colleagues as appropriate. Some allegations could be so serious as to require immediate referral to children’s social care and the police for investigation.
• Inform parents or carers of a child involved about the allegation as soon as possible.
• Discuss immediate issues of investigation and management of the person concerned and including what information should be passed to the person who is accused of an allegation. • Contact HR for advice regarding the action to be taken in relation to the employee. In conjunction with HR and the staff member’s line manager, decide whether suspensions are appropriate during the period of investigation. HR will advise on the authority levels and process requirements for this action.
• Following notification to the LADO, children/adult Social Care and/or the Police if deemed necessary, a strategy planning meeting will take place with appropriate members present to determine how to handle the allegation.

13. Strategy Planning Meeting
The following will be considered:
• Whether the child/young person/adult at risk of harm or abuse is safe from any further risk of harm or abuse
• The safety of the young child/person/adult at risk.
• Review action undertaken so far to ensure the safety of the victim.
• Decide the internal investigation strategy to be undertaken. The Police and / or Social Care should be consulted when they are involved in any on-going investigation and/or criminal proceedings are pending.
• Decide how to present the allegations to the relevant staff member concerned and how to manage the investigatory process. Agreement should be reached with children/adult Social Care and the Police about what information should be passed to the staff member concerned. The Line Manager should be asked to provide appropriate support to the individual while the case is on-going and keep them regularly informed.
• Where police investigations are ongoing, any internal action could be delayed pending police findings. Engagement with the police will be required throughout this period. CS 08092019 V6 Revised 01 02 2023
• Decide how the person/child/ adult at risk of harm or abuse, or their nominated parent/guardian/nominated carer making the allegation is to be kept informed of what is happening to their allegation, whilst adhering to the requirements of maintaining confidentiality and observing the requirements of the Human Rights Act and the Data Protection Act. The sharing of information must not ‘contaminate’ any Police or children/adult Social Care investigations that are on-going
• Decide the frequency and format of review meetings which need to be set up to manage the on-going investigation and the various actions required. Record Keeping We will keep a record of any allegations made and details of how the allegation was followed up and resolved and any action taken and decisions reached in a confidential file for 10 years. In addition, OFSTED will be informed of any allegations of serious harm or abuse by any member of staff or volunteer, whether the allegations relate to harm or abuse committed at this setting or elsewhere. We will also notify Ofsted of the action taken in respect of the allegations. These notifications must be made as soon as possible, but no longer than 14 days after the allegation was made. A report will also be made to the DBS in accordance with the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.

Behaviour Policy
The preschool art classes are always taught by at least one Early Years teacher, one of the reasons for this is their indepth understanding of that age range and years of experience understanding and managing behaviour in the early years realm. All children will be supported equally by our experienced teachers.
Poor physical or verbal behaviour is not tolerated.
Kicking, threatening, bullying, physical harm of any student or teacher. No throwing of art supplies or anything that may put other children in danger. If they persist after the teacher has spoken to the child, we reserve the right to cancel the child’s art lessons. Goldfinch is a supportive and collaborative art environment, children are encouraged to take inspiration from eachother.
Children need to respect the equipment and classroom.
Taking care of art stationary and the art studio in general is a requirement of children attending.
Unacceptable behaviour of any kind is the judgement of the art leader, and they exercise their judgement for the benefit of everyone equally. We expect art leaders to have discussed issues such as the above with the parent or guardian who is expected to have listened and taken any concerns seriously.