It may be helpful for parents to know that the law requires all staff to pass on information which raises concern that a child may be at risk from non-accidental injury, neglect, emotional or sexual abuse.
This procedure is intended to protect children, and early years settling are encouraged to take the attitude that, where there are grounds for concern it is better to be over-cautious than to risk a child's safety.
Occasionally, this means that they risk upsetting some parents by reporting a concern which, on investigation, proves to be unfounded. In these circumstances, it is hoped that parents will appreciate how difficult it is for The Nursery to carry out this delicate responsibility, and accept that The Nursery was acting in good faith and had to take these steps in the best interests of children.
All staff are trained to be aware of behavioural and physical indicators that suggest the possibility of abuse. Staff is aware of the procedures to be taken if they believe a child has been abused or is at risk of abuse.
Should any member of staff have any fears about a particular child, she/he will immediately take up the matter with the administration who may decide that further advice is needed. We will consider discussion with parents/carers in the first instance and respect for confidentiality will be kept always.
If there is any suspicion of abuse this will be recorded and the administration will contact the parents and with mutual agreement take further action without undue delay. All staff will co-operate with any investigation and will act in accordance with the wishes of the concerned authorities. If a member of nursery staff is under suspicion, The Nursery will act in accordance with the wishes of parents, and concerned authorities. Or if a nursery parent is under suspicion, The Nursery will act in accordance with the U.A.E law.