Inspection finds catalogue of safeguarding failings at after-school clubHarold Saligue
Inspection finds catalogue of safeguarding failings at after-school club.
Ofsted found that shortcomings at Playclub Unlimited, in Stockport, were compromising children’s welfare
Bradshaw Hall Primary School in Cheadle Hulme. Playclub Unlimited, an after-school club criticised by Ofsted inspectors for safeguarding failings, is based at the school.
An after-school club for schoolchildren has been rated ‘inadequate’ after inspectors uncovered a catalogue of safeguarding failings.
Ofsted found that shortcomings at Playclub Unlimited, in Stockport , were compromising children’s welfare.
Manager Julie Longman says she ‘takes full responsibility’ for the outcome of the inspection, and has taken action to address the concerns as required by the education watchdog.
The club, based at Bradshaw Hall Primary School, in Cheadle Hulme , looks after youngsters aged between four and 11.
Officials found teaching and learning at the group to be ‘good’, with officials noting how staff helped children to enhance their communication skills and strengthen their knowledge of the world.
Youngsters were also said to ‘become deeply engrossed in co-operative play’.
But Ofsted’s highly critical report catalogues a number of failings relating to measures intended to keep children safe.
It states: “Safeguarding is not effective. The manager (Ms Longman) does not know what she must do if an allegation is made against a practitioner. ”
It continues: “The manager does not ensure that practitioners are trained to respond quickly and effectively to concerns that children may be at risk of harm.”
The report also said that staff were unaware of ‘wider safeguarding issues’, including the ‘Prevent’ duty – which exists to stop youngsters from becoming radicalised by those with extreme views.
It was also states that Ms Longman had failed to obtain a criminal record check for every member of play staff.
And officers found self-evaluation was ‘weak’, adding: “The manager does not identify breaches to statutory safeguarding and welfare requirements.”
However, despite officials finding that ‘weaknesses in safeguarding compromise children’s welfare’ there was some praise for Ms Longman in the report.
They found that she ‘deploys practitioners well’ and ensured staff followed a consistent routine for collecting children from classrooms’.
Play staff were also said to be ‘caring and cheerful’, which was reflected in the children’s behavior.
Responding to the report, Ms Longman said: “The quality of teaching, learning and assessment was judged to be a level 2, a good rating.
“However due to a safeguarding paperwork oversight the overall assessment was deemed to be inadequate, which is a standard response when such an error occurs unfortunately.
” As manager of this private provider I take full responsibility for the outcome. All the remedial actions set by Ofsted have already been completed. I look forward to a re-inspection within the next three months.”
An Ofsted spokesperson said: “We will reinspect the setting within six months of the original inspection to check that the actions have been taken. If they haven’t, then we will consider further enforcement action.”
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