Westercraigs Nursery School

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Confidentiality

The policy of the nursery is to work in partnership with parents in order to promote the welfare of children.  The nursery also aims to build up relationships of trust with children.  Children and parents should feel able to raise concerns about safety and welfare with the school in the knowledge that these issues will be dealt with sensitively.  Because of the sensitivity of these issues, the nursery will operate on the presumption that anything imparted in confidence will be treated in confidence. 

This is subject to three qualifications:

  1. Anything imparted ‘in confidence’ to one member of staff or person approached as an associate of the school, may be shared with a restricted number of colleagues if that person feels in need of support and guidance from them.
  2. If serious concerns are raised about the safety or welfare of a child, the person may be obliged, in terms of the school’s child protection procedures, to pass that information on to a Child Protection Co-ordinator for consideration as to whether it should be shared with the appropriate authorities.
  3. The school must, of course, pass on information when legally obliged to do so, for example, by a court of law.

Children must also feel able to share concerns with staff.  Problems may arise when a child consults a member of staff about a problem and does not want that information to be shared with parents.   Whilst the staff will try to encourage the child to share the information with parents where appropriate, there may be circumstances in which any pressure to pass the information on could result in the child keeping the problem to him or herself or not sharing concerns in the future.

When building our relationships with the children we will ensure that they know that:

  • if they have something to talk to staff about, or
  • if they are worried about things that are happening to them, they should tell the staff (the staff are there to listen and to help, they will try to do what they can)
  • if staff are concerned about a child’s safety and need to share this with others, they would tell the child first.