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nursery abuse report pulls no punches

4 November 2010

Safeguarding is back in the spotlight following the publication of the review into abuse by Vanessa George at Little Ted’s nursery.

The review pulls no punches, stating that Little Ted's "provided an ideal environment within which George could abuse". It comes as no surprise that the ‘usual’ recommendations were made following the review – safer recruitment processes, effective policies for safeguarding and communication of those policies and ensuring a robust whistle blowing policy is in place. With safeguarding being so high on the agenda for so long now, it comes as a surprise that some schools and nurseries do not have these policies in place.

What is equally surprising is the criticism levelled at Ofsted who inspected the nursery months before George began abusing. It is likely to mean that Ofsted will be applying even greater scrutiny to safeguarding polices and practices at schools and nurseries in the future. Now is the time to review your own practices.

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