Kimberley is the nursery’s Safeguarding Officer.

Since opening the nursery Kimberley has gained a wealth of experience in working in a multi-agency team and has gained a wide knowledge of dealing with various situations and supported families by working closely with them.

Kimberley also ensures that the teams knowledge is strong so that all staff are aware of the signs and symptoms of abuse which means we can ensure that no child in our care will go uncared for or abused to the best of our abilities.

This means we work closely with families and report any concerns as soon as possible to ensure the welfare of the child.

The role of the Designated Safeguarding Person was specified in the Children’s Act of 2004 and ensured that every organisation had a ‘named person’ for safeguarding children and young people. Prior to that, the role had frequently been known as the Child Protection Officer.

The Designated Safeguarding Person has a responsibility at both a strategic level within the organisation and on a day to day basis.

Key aspects of the Designated Safeguarding Person role includes:

  • Making sure all staff are aware how to raise safeguarding concerns
  • Ensuring all staff understand the symptoms of child abuse and neglect
  • Referring any concerns to social care
  • Monitoring children who are the subject of child protection plans
  • Maintaining accurate and secure child protection records