Statement on Safeguarding
Pathway is committed to safeguarding and protecting children. The same commitment is expected from all employees and parents. Child Protection is our number one priority. All staff are trained in child protection and have a legal duty to follow the local safeguarding procedures in relation to responding and reporting concerns that a child may be at risk of potential harm or neglect. Pathways is committed to the promotion of British Values and non-radicalisation of children. A summary of our safeguarding policy can be found here. The Safeguarding policy is made available to parents.
Stringent recruitment, induction and ongoing checks on employees in terms of their suitability are conducted. Protecting children from harm or neglect by adults demands careful observations, following of procedures and the reporting of any concerns in accordance with company policy. We will not tolerate any actions from staff which could cause any form of actual or potential harm or distress to any child. Staff are strictly forbidden to use corporal punishment, isolation or ‘time out’. Staff are closely supervised by a mentor during their probationary period.
Mobile Phones and Cameras
Personal cameras and personal use of mobile phones are strictly prohibited in the presence of children. If, as parents, you are on the premises please refrain from using your mobile phone.
There is a a robust policy related to the use of photographic images with children and parents are asked for consent in terms of this policy before their child starts with Pathways. Parents and visitors must not use mobiles or cameras on the premises, without authorisation from a director.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. If, as parents, you have any concerns that a child in our care may be at risk of potential harm or neglect for any reason, these should be reported immediately by confidential e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01926 484030 and asking to speak confidentially to a director.
Late collection and missing child procedures
There are clear, established procedures to ensure children are collected on time, by the authorised collector and that children cannot go out of sight or hearing of an adult, whilst on our premises.
More information about what to do if you are worried can be found here.