When you start a new job or if you move house with your family it is vital as the professional in the household to conduct a risk assessment for Health and Safety. Often parents are so used to their surroundings that they do not perceive risk in the same way as a newcomer. It is important that you ensure your workplace is safe for both you and the children you work with. The same applies if you travel with the family to a hotel or villa. Conduct the same risk assessment, it could save your life or theirs. Also, consider vigilance with Health and Safety when you are out and about with children in unfamiliar surroundings, and in car safety as we all know is paramount. This is all part of the general safeguarding of children which every professional nanny should understand is her primary duty to her charges.
We have looked to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) for help and guidance with this information. We follow their recommendations, advice and guidance and so should you. There is a wealth of information on their web site at www.rospa.com it is genuinely shocking how many infants and children are injured and killed at home each year. Please don’t be a statistic! Here are links to the most appropriate areas for your attention:
Bed time www.rospa.com/resources/hubs/keeping-kids-safe/bedtime
Bath time www.rospa.com/resources/hubs/keeping-kids-safe/bath-time
Meal Times and Kitchens www.rospa.com/resources/hubs/keeping-kids-safe/meal-time
Out and About www.rospa.com/resources/hubs/keeping-kids-safe/out-and-about
I am sure many nannies already look at risk assessments as an ongoing practice, day to day. However, we can all become complacent, and we at Town and Country Nannies feel that ROSPA can help you protect you and your charges.