This policy applies to all employees (paid or voluntary), parents, visitors and suppliers. A copy of this policy will be available at all times, in all venues.
Nipperbout operates full day care services, sessional day care services, stay and play services and supervision services (Purple People hire) across the UK and Europe. The nature of our work means that we may only see a child on one occasion/event or for a few days, sporadically across the year. Purple People need to be particularly vigilant and aware to any signs of abuse, as they are unable to build a relationship with a child over a long period of time.
Where Nipperbout is not in loco parentis, for example in a stay and play setting, the parent retains responsibility for their children and information is available to parents on reporting concerns. It is important to note that Nipperbout and its employees still retain the duty to report any concerns identified.
This policy contains the following information:
Company Designated Safeguarding Lead (CDSL): Janthea Brigden 07976430598
Company Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (CDDSL): Rheya Brigden 07816790622 and Julia Roberts 07774553152
Mental Health Lead (MHL): Emma Bryans
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Officer (SEND): Amanda Richardson
Human Resources contact: Stephanie Lunn
Onsite Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): As per event specific Job Notes and Noticeboard
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH): Details of the local area MASH team or safeguarding body are included in the event specific Job Notes document, on the back page.
For allegations about people who work with children: Details of the local area LADO (or equivalent) are included in the event specific Job Notes document, on the back page.
NSPCC helpline: 0808 800 5000
Childline: 0800 1111
FGM helpline: 0800 028 3550
Whistleblowing helpline: 0800 028 0285
“Safeguarding” — Safeguarding means protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of health and/or development, ensuring that children grow up in the provision of safe and effective care and acting to enable all children to have the best life chances.
Safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone who comes into contact with children and families.
“Child Protection” — Child Protection means identifying and acting on behalf of children who may be at significant risk of harm.
Everyone has a responsibility to report any allegations, concerns or disclosures to the relevant authorities.
“Abuse and neglect” — See “Signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect” and “Additional safeguarding issues” for information about what constitutes abuse and neglect.
Nipperbout adheres to key statutory and non-statutory guidance including:
This policy should be read in conjunction with the following policies/procedures:
Our ethos at Nipperbout, is that children and adults can feel safe, are valued, respected and
5.1. Nipperbout has a legal responsibility and a duty of care to children. Nipperbout also
accept that there is a moral and personal duty to protect children.
5.2. Nipperbout acknowledges that abuse does occur in our society and is vigilant about
identifying signs and reporting concerns. We are are committed to safeguarding the
children placed within our care and also any child that our employees may come into
5.3. Nipperbout has a duty to protect its employees from false allegations. Policies and
procedures are there to protect both the child and adult. If procedures are followed
it will reduce the opportunities for abuse to occur within the setting.
5.4. In line with legislation and guidance, we will ensure that arrangements are in place to
safeguard and promote the welfare of children by:
5.5. We safeguarded all children we encounter and have trained all our staff to identify
those who maybe at risk of significant harm.
5.6. We ensure that there is always DSL cover and support available on site and also
centrally from our Company DSL.
5.7. We have a duty of care to children and will refer to the relevant Multi Agency
Safeguarding Hub (MASH) if a child is at risk. Concerns are discussed with parents
unless this puts the child at additional risk.
5.8. All Purple People are aware of how to identify the signs of a child at risk. They are
clear about what to do if they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing,
or be at risk of, harm and know how to flag this with the DSL, or in their absence
how to report this through to the relevant MASH Team (or equivalent when outside
5.9. If a child or other person is at immediate risk of harm, the first response should
always be to call the police on 999.
5.10. Staff are fully briefed & trained to be alert to the potential need for early help for
children who are more vulnerable. For example:
5.11. Nipperbout and its Purple People acknowledge that recognising abuse is not easy or
straightforward and it is not the responsibility of Nipperbout personnel to decide
whether a child is being abused. This responsibility lies with the child protection
agency to which the referral is made. When dealing with child protection concerns,
Nipperbout Purple People must avoid making judgements and must always record
5.12. Nipperbout has a staff Code of Conduct that outlines an acceptable level of Purple
People behaviour which they are required to sign, to confirm they agree to adhere to
the Code of Conduct.
5.13. All Purple People are made aware that any intimate relationship between themselves
and a child in their care, is not appropriate and is a misuse of a position of trust.
5.14. Purple People are not permitted to ‘follow’ or ‘friend’ children on social media sites,
nor exchange contact details. Staff are not permitted to accept babysitting work.
5.15. Nipperbout has a clear Whistleblowing Policy and all Purple People are made aware
of the procedures for reporting concerns about another Purple Person and/or the
5.16. All Safeguarding and Child Protection concerns are recorded in the Safeguarding
with other agencies only when it is relevant to help that agency to keep a child safe
or to support a referral
5.17. In the event of a child at risk of significant harm, the DSL will make a referral or
consult Children’s Services regarding concerns about that child.
5.18. Nipperbout has produced a Safeguarding Information Leaflet for parents, visitors,
venues and suppliers, to ensure that everyone is aware of the action that will be
taken following a safeguarding concern being identified.
5.19. Nipperbout ensures that the contact details for the local Children’s Social Care and
police, relevant to the country and area we are in are made available at each setting.
These can always be found at the back of the Job Notes, so Purple People know how
to make a referral in the area they are working in.
5.20. Nipperbout’s policy is to contact the local authorities in the area we are working in
and the local authorities for the area the child resides in.
5.21. Where required, the relevant inspectorate for the country we are working in and
the country the child resides in will be informed of any child protection concerns.
5.22. This policy will be reviewed on an annual basis and updated if any new guidance or
legislation becomes relevant.