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Safeguarding Children in your Care
When you’re employed as a nanny in someone’s home, you are the primary caregiver to their children while the parents are absent. This means that it’s your responsibility to ensure that they are safeguarded, which means they won’t encounter harm while in your care. Parents need to feel confident that their nanny is a competent care provider. This article will outline some of your responsibilities and provide some resources to help with ensuring children’s safety.
Your responsibilities as a nanny
Nannies do not have to be registered with OFSTED by law, but a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is vital. Parents or individual nannies can’t request a DBS check, but your nanny agency can assist with arranging a check.
It’s a good idea to perform a risk assessment before starting to work with a family, and regularly assess risks when taking the children out on field trips. It’s your responsibility to ensure that any risks are mitigated and any issues that may arise are dealt with safely, whether this is a matter of environmental risks or child protection.
It’s important to have an open and honest conversation with the family and employers to ensure that you know the process for reporting any issues you may encounter.
Keeping up to date with legislation and guidance
It’s wise to familiarise yourself with the legislation and information in The Care Act 2014, and keep abreast of recent guidance, such as the Government’s guide on Working Together to Safeguard Children. This is something that your nanny agency can help with.
If you’re a nanny and would like to speak with one of our team to find out about our current open vacancies, get in touch with Nannies Matter on 0800 121 4881 or complete our online contact form and we’ll be in touch.