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The scenario is a child unfortunately hurt them self on Friday, on going to pick up his coat and bag running and fell onto a chair.( how many times do we remind them not to run).


He sustained an injury to his chin, and inside his mouth, accident records were completed and signed by mum after immediate first aid.

Mum continued to text over the weekend to update and thanking us for our care of their son.

Today on the child returning to us with mum with chocolates in hand, informed me that she had taken him to out of hours doctors on Sunday.

They did not require any stitches, glue or steri strips, but the child had been given a course of antibiotics as a precaution. They have been absolutely fine today.

Would or should you inform Ofsted?:(

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yes! they will probably say it is not a problem BUT if it shows up on the hospital system and you have not informed them it might raise an inspection. If the child has not been kept in hospital then there should be no need to inform RIDDOR and according to ofsted guidelines you should not really need to inform them...but having been caught out before i would now always just give them a call

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From our policies, based on information from Ofsted:

Ofsted will be informed about serious injuries to a child whilst on the premises or with the group on an outing and the action taken.

The serious injuries that are reportable involve:

• broken bones or a fracture

• loss of consciousness

• pain that is not relieved by simple pain killers

• acute confused state

• persistent, severe chest pain or breathing difficulties

• dislocation of any major joint including the shoulder, hip, knee, elbow or spine

• loss of sight, temporary or permanent

• chemical or hot metal burn to the eye or any penetrating injury to the eye

• resuscitation

• admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours

• medical treatment arising from absorption of a substance by inhalation, ingestion or through the skin

• medical treatment where there is reason to believe that this resulted from exposure to a biological agent or its toxins, or infected material

We are not required to inform Ofsted of minor injuries, i.e. sprains, strains and bruis­ing, cuts and grazes, wound infections, minor burns and scalds, minor head injuries, insect and animal bites, minor eye injuries or minor injuries to the back, shoulder and chest.

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Thank you Wildflowers, I had checked through the Ofsted factsheet, however visiting the out of hours GP, made be doubt whether this accident is a reportable action.

Just going to ring them anyway, as it will then be noted. Better to be safe than sorry.

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