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Discussion in 'Early Years' started by Pow, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. Is it a huge issue? Not really. As you say, you talk to each other and reflect on practice. That means that in effect you have a policy because you are all in agreement about what is acceptable.
    You obviously have great trust in that process. Good.
    However, for others, who maybe feel less sure that there is total agreement and that everyone understands and follows the unwritten policy, I think it is helpful to talk to each other, reflect on practice (in other words formulate a policy) and then write it down, recording decisions and viewpoints in a short written policy. New staff can read the policy. Parents can read the policy. The policy can be referred to to clarify if issues should arise etc.
    Not a big issue, just prudence
     
  2. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    sorry but you misunderstood thumbie we have no written or unwritten policy on physical contact and it isn't something we have even discussed
     
  3. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    I certainly don't see it as a big issue or prudent
     
  4. If it has never been discussed how do you know that you sing from the same hymn sheet on this issue? If there was a complaint made by a parent at your school regarding unwanted physical contact with their child by a practitioner, how would you resolve it? Especially if you then discovered that some members of the team thought the incident had involved acceptable physical contact and others thought not.
     
  5. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    My reply was to Hedda in response to my post saying I work with highly qualified experienced professionals nothing to do with the issue of physical contact thumbie which as I also said has never been an issue in the real world.


     
  6. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    As Designated Child Protection Office I would resolve it by following legal guidlines without the need for an additional policy
     
  7. Oh, I thought you were saying that you all sing from the same hymn sheet so there is no need for policies (including a policy on physical contact).
     
  8. Sounds like a big issue then.
     
  9. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    So perhaps you would like to explain what you would do if there was a complaint made by a parent at your school regarding unwanted physical contact with their child by a practitioner? (with your policy in place of course)
     
  10. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    not really
     
  11. I would discuss incident with the parent in the light of the policy and explain that the member of staff was acting within the policy (if that was the case). If the parent wanted to take it further, it would obviously have to be taken further. But this would mean that the parent would be challenging the policy, not the member of staff. It would be a pretty daft policy if it allowed anything that would be a child protection issue.

     
  12. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    Then you would be breaking the law which is very clear what should happen in the event of a complaint of this nature (with or without a policy)
     
  13. What do you take the complaint to be, I wonder?
     
  14. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    any complaint even holding their hand too tightly
     
  15. That would be outside the policy though, wouldn't it?
     
  16. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    it's physical contact
     
  17. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    perhaps you should write a policy about appropriate hand holding
     
  18. When I say 'outside the policy' I mean outside what the policy says is acceptable.
     
  19. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    it doesn't matter what the policy says it matters what the law says
     
  20. This discussion is getting pretty crazy. As usual, let's agree to differ, Msz. It's Friday night and I for one am going to have a [​IMG] (just so long as i don't fall asleep on the sofa first.
     

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