1. There is a written child protection policy that meets the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014. The policy contains provisions for the identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect, and information about how the service will keep children safe from abuse and neglect, and how it will respond to suspected child abuse and neglect. (Note that a child protection process that is documented (i.e. a policy) may help to minimise risk but risk cannot be prevented/eliminated or isolated).
2. There is a written procedure that sets out how the service will identify and respond to suspected child abuse and/or neglect.
3. All practicable steps are taken to protect children from exposure to inappropriate material, e.g. sexually explicit or violent material. (For example, the risk to children of seeing adverts with inappropriate material shown before an online video clip may be minimised by the teacher checking if the clip has any such adverts attached or not using online video clips as part of teaching).
4. No person uses or has used any substance (e.g. alcohol) that could have a detrimental effect on their functioning or behaviour while they are on the premises during hours of operation. (Note that a teacher who arrives at work feeling sick or tired with a hangover could perhaps be seen to not meet this requirement. The requirement also leaves open the possibility that a centre can bar any person from being on the premises, e.g. parents, where there is evidence of substance use negatively affecting the person’s behaviour).
5. Only a parent/main caregiver or a person who is authorised in writing by the parent/main caregiver can collect and leave with a child.