Recap of safeguarding training covering allegations, how to protect yourself and what to do if an allegation is made

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This help centre article was written for childminders preparing for registration with the Koru Kids' Home Nursery service

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This article is a recap of what you learn in your Safeguarding training with regards allegations.

What is an allegation

Allegations include concerns which call into question whether a Early Educator, assistant, or household member has:

  • Harmed a child;

  • Abused a child;

  • Inappropriately handled a child which may have caused them to be harmed or abused;

  • Committed a criminal offence which may make them unsuitable to work with children;

  • Concerns within their personal life which may make them unsuitable to work with children (this could include radicalisation);

  • An inability to protect children from unsuitable adults, unsuitable or unsafe resources or an unsuitable environment;

  • Caused a child to have an accident or serious injury due to poor risk assessment, poor supervision or neglect of duties.

Ways to protect yourself from allegations

  • Follow Koru Kids requirements.
    - For example, all over 16s living or working at your childcare setting should have an Enhanced DBS check.

  • Ensure all visitors to your premises are supervised at all times.

  • Do not have unnecessary visitors to your childcare setting during childcare hours.

  • Document all accidents/incidents and inform parents swiftly.

  • Ensure the children are supervised at all times.

  • Keep accurate records of daily routines / personal care needs.

  • Attend local authority safeguarding training annually.
    - You can find more information on local authority safeguarding procedure and training on our Local Authority Safeguarding Hub article.

  • Sign up for updates with local safeguarding board.

What happens if an allegation is made against you or someone you live or work with

  • It is an EYFS statutory requirement that registered childminders must inform their childminder agency of any allegations of serious harm or abuse by any person living, working, or looking after children at their setting.
    - This is the case whether the allegations relate to harm or abuse committed on the premises or elsewhere.

  • You should make a written record of the information (where possible in the child/adult’s own words) including the time, date and place of the incident/s, persons present and what was said.
    - You should sign and date the written record.

  • You must contact your Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) immediately (or at least within one working day) for advice, before taking any action.
    - You can find more information on local authority safeguarding procedure and training on our Local Authority Safeguarding Hub article.
    - If an allegation requires immediate attention, but is received outside of normal office hours, you should consult the local authority children’s social care emergency duty team, or the police, and inform the LADO as soon as possible (all relevant contact details can be found on the Local Authority Safeguarding Hub article.)

  • You must also notify Koru Kids immediately (or within one working day). The Designated Safeguarding Lead at Koru Kids is Laura Hoyland.

  • Early Educators must also notify Koru Kids of the action taken in respect of the allegations. These notifications must be made as soon as is reasonably practicable, but at the latest within 14 days of the allegations being made.
    - If an Early Educator does not comply with this requirement, they will be committing an offence.


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