Our safeguarding training is delivered directly to customers from our training centre, as in-house options and also through contracts for a number of local authorities.
We often get asked questions about safeguarding practice and the kind of training early years providers need to access. Here are a few snippets from Rachel’s interview with Kathy Brodie’s Early Years TV to help you consider some of the important elements of safeguarding and designated safeguarding lead practice and training. The full interview can be seen on Early Years TV along with other fabulous interviews with Kathy and leading early years experts. Please take a look at Early Years TV’s website and sign up for on-going CPD opportunities.
Childminders as designated safeguarding lead – Early Years TV clip
The role of the designated lead when supporting staff – Early Years TV clip
Being child centred – Early Years TV clip
Our courses are always up-dated with the latest legislation, Government guidance and information that inform best practice such as lessons from serious case reviews.
Here’s some links to new and current Government guidance:
This guidance covers expectations for individual services working with children and young people. It explains the specific responsibilities for early years and childcare. They should:
- be alert to any issues of concern in the child’s life
- have and implement a policy and procedures to safeguard children. This must include an explanation of the action to be taken when there are safeguarding concerns about a child and in the event of an allegation being made against a member of staff. The policy must also cover the use of mobile phones and cameras in the setting, that staff complete safeguarding training that enables them to understand their safeguarding policy and procedures, have up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding issues, and recognise signs of potential abuse and neglect
- have a practitioner who is designated to take lead responsibility for safeguarding children within each early years setting and who must liaise with local statutory children’s services as appropriate. This lead must also complete child protection training
This HM Government advice is non-statutory, and has been produced to support practitioners in the decisions they take to share information, which reduces the risk of harm to children and young people and promotes their well-being.
Keeping children safe in education: Statutory guidance for schools and colleges – 3rd September 2018
This statutory guidance should be read and followed by governing bodies of maintained schools (including maintained nursery schools) and colleges; The EYFS states that Schools have to have REGARD to this and early years providers might find it ‘helpful’.