As a Childminder working from home, I am more vulnerable to allegations of abuse being made against me. I will take precautions to protect myself from this happening by:
· Ensuring all household members over 16 are DBS checked
· Ensuring all visitors to the house sign the visitors book and do not have unsupervised access to the children under any circumstances
· Ensuring, where possible, that no workmen are in the house during minded hours, unless it is to repair an emergency service or for Health and Safety Reasons.
· Document every accident and incident that occurs whilst in my care, informing parents and requesting them to sign my records
· Noting any marks on the children when they arrive in my Bumps & Bruises book and asking parents to sign, also to inform me of any accidents that have occurred whilst outside of my care
· Ensuring the children are supervised at all times
· Keeping accurate records on each child and communicating daily with parents on what your child has been up to.
However sometimes allegations are made and this unfortunate situation cannot be avoided. I will then follow the procedure detailed below, in order to gain support and professional advice:
Contact : Pacey
Southend Early Years, Childminding Development co-ordinator
Pacey Legal Advice Line or Family Solicitor
I will write a detailed record of all related incidents, including what was said and by whom, with times and dates.
I will ask any witnesses (if there were any) to also write a statement detailing the incident they witnessed and giving their contact details in case it needs to be followed up by the authorities.
If you have any concerns regarding this procedure please do discuss them with me.
Reviewed on 16/01/2018 by Heidi Sharp