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skippy
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Yes, all of the above.

On top of their usual training, I had really drilled my staff on safeguarding but despite this, some of them 'fell apart' when put on the spot. I was able to show the inspector minutes and records of in-house training and she could see that we had been over and over it. She then probed and asked questions to draw the information out of the less confident staff and could see that they DID know. That was down to her skill as an inspector, so we were quite lucky in that respect as she could have just assumed that they did not know.

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Who is the DSP

Role of the LADO

What would they do if they reported something to their DSP and felt it hadn't been dealt with adequately

What do they understand by the term 'Whistleblowing'

What training had they received in Safeguarding

 

At one of our two inspections this year, the inspector asked ALL of the staff, all of the above !

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Role of Lado, Mash, signs and symptoms,how staff receive training and updates were all covered in our recent audit.

She also looked at the policy and the staff noticeboard (which has a big safeguarding section on it)

I'm probably - no certainly - just being dense - but what is Mash?

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We had our inspection 2 weeks ago, we received a 'Good' under the new inspection framework. Our inspector spoke to one member of staff about safeguarding, asked her if she knew what to do if she was concerned about a child, that is the only question she asked. However when it was my turn (Manager) she asked to see all DBS records, references for a member of staff that she chose, induction checks, safeguarding policy and yearly DBS health check forms. On the DBS health check forms she advised me to amend and include the disqualification by association section, which I have since done and asked staff to sign and return.

Hope this helps, although no inspection is ever the same.

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The thing is, we should all know that things that Ofsted ask anyway. We can't second guess what an inspector will ask or who they will ask, much as we'd all love to know in advance exactly what they will want to see/hear. I think when it comes to safeguarding, we can't have too much knowledge or training and if that means drumming it into my staff, that is what I will do. Yes, of course I did it because I knew Mrs O was going to come a-knocking, but in reality they all need to be clued up and know exactly what to look for, the procedures, policy and processes we go through if we're concerned. We do it to keep our children safe, not to please Ofsted. :1b

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yearly DBS health check forms. On the DBS health check forms she advised me to amend and include the disqualification by association section, which I have since done and asked staff to sign and return.

 

Ok, maybe i'm being a bit dense here but what is this yearly health check form? am i missing something or is it only for certain types of settings?

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We have an annual staff declaration. It includes a question about changes in health and medication taken, any criminal proceedings, cautions etc and as Kristin said disqualification by association. It's for all staff but especially those who haven't got a dbs with update service.

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We do it to keep our children safe, not to please Ofsted. :1b

I couldn't agree more it is embedded in everyday practice. I am just trying to support some new staff members who are keen to know what others have been asked recently. :unsure: I understand each inspector will be different and ask different things but thought I'd ask the question so they can see how they already do know it and there is know harm to keep revisiting and refreshing.

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you should also have 'safeguarding ' clue cards up (with contact info and what to do clues) and copies of 'what to do if you feel a child is being abused....there should be a copy of this for your parents to read too....remember that safeguarding info has to be promoted to those using your setting as well as those working in it.

we were asked about

signs of abuse (remember pens ....physical/emotional / neglect and sexual.....

also prevent info

designated officer/deputy number for lado/social care (where can you find it???)

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