Safeguarding Guidance

Guidelines for Safeguarding Children and Young People at Nidum Nannies

 

1. Guidance Statement

This guidance should be read in conjunction with our terms and conditions (T’s & C’s).

All children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, religion, or beliefs.

Everyone has a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, to keep them safe and to practice and behave in a way that protects them.

Children from minority ethnic groups and children with learning disabilities may face barriers, for example with communication or the impact of discrimination.

 

2. Regulation and Guidance

While there is no current regulation of nanny agencies or nannies in the UK, we do recognise at Nidum Nannies that Safeguarding Children and Young People is of upmost importance and everyone’s business.

We have a moral and ethical duty to demonstrate our due diligence with regard to Safeguarding Children and Young People and we support the Regulation Matters Campaign that drives for the professionalism of the nanny sector by calling for the registration of nannies and regulation of nanny agencies.  You can read more about regulation matters here>

This guidance is based on the current guidance published on the UK Government website and can be accessed by the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/childcare-parenting/safeguarding-child-protection

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/working-together-to-safeguard-children–2

Working Together to Safeguard Children (workingtogetheronline.co.uk)

 

3. Our Recruitment

We are committed to ensuring that nannies who register with Nidum are suitable to do so.  To register with Nidum, nannies must ensure they meet all the essential criteria which you can read here>

When registering with Nidum, Individuals must commit to upholding the standards of practice.  We will assume that agency staff registered with Nidum will work to support the standards of practice.  We may take action to remove registration at Nidum on occasions where individuals do not act to uphold the standards and inform authorities if their behaviour is unlawful.  You can read our standards of practice here> 

3.1 Background Checks

Background checks and references are vital and specifically related to Safeguarding Children and Young People, nannies registered with Nidum must provide evidence of:

  • Enhanced DBS certificate
  • At least 2 references
  • Right to Work in the United Kingdom check
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People training

 

4. Responding to Concerns

Anyone who has concerns about a child’s welfare can make a referral to the local authority children’s social care service. Referrals can come from the child themselves, roles such as teachers, the police, GPs, medical and nursing staff, health visitors, nannies as well as family members and members of the public.

If a child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999 in the UK.

If safeguarding concerns are suspected, we recommend that all nannies and parents should follow the UK Government guidance and local authority Safeguarding board procedures for the area the child or young person resides.

If in doubt about whether to act upon a concern regarding a child or young person’s welfare we would advocate reporting these concerns to the Children’s Services Department for the local authority in the area the child resides.

You can also report concerns to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) here>

4.1 Allegations Against Nannies Placed by Nidum Nannies

If you have concerns as a parent or relative regarding the conduct of a nanny registered with Nidum it is your responsibility to report those concerns in line with the guidance above and inform Nidum via info@nidumnannies.com

An allegation against a person working with children can be made by people in a range of different circumstances.  Some allegations are made by children, some allegations are made by colleagues or other professionals, others are made by parents, friends and family or members of the community.

Many allegations against professionals or volunteers relate to their behaviours towards a child or children in the workplace.  However, some concerns reported relate to the individual’s personal life and lifestyle or to their care of their own children.

4.2 Action We Will Take

If we receive information about an allegation, we will take it extremely seriously and keep an open mind as to whether it might be true.

If any allegation or concern is raised with Nidum regarding a nannie registered with Nidum, we will involve the Local Authority Designated Lead (LADO) for further advice and guidance and complete a referral for investigation if necessary.

4.3 What is a LADO?

Every local authority has a statutory responsibility to have a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) who is responsible for co-ordinating the response to concerns that an adult who works with children may have caused them or could cause them harm.  The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) works within Children’s Services and gives advice and guidance to employers, organisations and other individuals who have concerns about the behaviour of an adult who works with children and young people.

 

5. Further Resources and Reading

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/safeguarding-child-protection

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/media/1042/child-abuse-neglect-uk-today-research-report.pdf

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/safeguarding-child-protection/writing-a-safeguarding-policy-statement#heading-top