No charges for Bright Kids worker

By Harriet Ernstsons Monday 10 March 2014 Updated: 12/03 08:39

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A MEMBER of staff arrested at a Crabbs Cross nursery has had no charges brought against them.

Police have confirmed today (Monday) following a full investigation of the Bright Kids Nursery worker, no offences had been established.

The person, who was arrested on February 4, has been on police bail but this has now been cancelled and no further action will be taken. They had been suspended from work while the investigation was ongoing but they have now been reinstated.

Det Insp Dean Jones said after the matter had been brought to their attention, officers had worked with the nursery and partner agencies to ensure children's safeguarding processes were followed from the outset.

"We hope people will feel reassured that we have carried out a thorough investigation and we would like to thank parents and everyone else connected with the nursery for their co-operation and understanding throughout our inquiries."

Nursery owner Tricia Wellings added: "Bright Kids fully supported the police investigation from start to finish. We have followed strict safeguarding procedures throughout to ensure that the safety and well-being of the children in our care is the priority.

"Having been under this intense scrutiny from the police, the local authority and Ofsted, I am confident in stating that our safeguarding procedures and working practices have stood up to the test to ensure we are effectively safeguarding children.

"This will not stop with our staff member’s return. When any occurrence is proven to be ‘unfounded’ we would ask everyone to respect that misunderstandings can occur. Therefore these events should not be counted against anyone involved but seen as the whole process working effectively in the safeguarding of children."

After the police investigation concluded, an independently-chaired strategy meeting including the county council, children’s services and Bright Kids representatives was held which concluded the allegation was unfounded and the board was entirely comfortable for the member of staff in question to return to all work with children.

The parents of the child involved, who wished to remain anonymous, have stressed their support for the nursery.

In a statement issued to parents last week, they said: "Our child was back at nursery two days after the incident following a meeting with the nursery management who have been extremely supportive. We have spoken about a reporting procedure to be put into place so that this kind of situation can be avoided in the future.

"Our child is very happy at Bright Kids and we have no intention of removing them. We are confident and fully supportive of this staff member returning to work and caring for our child again."

A new incident report has since been introduced at Bright Kids to improve the reporting of all safeguarding incidents, however minor.

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