1.2 Safeguarding children and child protection

(Including managing allegations of abuse against a member of staff)

 

Policy statement

Our setting will work with children, parents and the community to ensure the rights and safety of children and to give them the very best start in life. Our safeguarding policy is based on the three key commitments of the Pre-school Learning Alliance Safeguarding Children Policy.

 

Procedures

We carry out the following procedures to ensure we meet the three key commitments of the Alliance Safeguarding Children Policy.

 

Key commitment 1:

We are committed to building a 'culture of safety' in which children are protected from abuse and harm in all areas of its service delivery.

 

Staff and volunteers

Our designated person  who coordinates child protection issues is: SARA COLLOM

Our nominated person who oversees this work and deputises for her is: SHELLEY HILL

 

  • We ensure all staff are trained to understand our safeguarding policies and procedures and that parents are made aware of them too.

  • The designated and nominated person ensure they have relevant links with the statutory and voluntary organisations with regard to safeguarding.

  • The designated and nominated person understands LSCB safeguarding procedures, attends relevant LSCB training at least every two years and refreshes their knowledge of safeguarding at least annually.

  • All staff have up to date knowledge of safeguarding issues, are alert to potential indicators and signs of abuse and neglect and understand  their professional duty to ensure safeguarding and child protection concerns are reported to the local authority children’s social care team or the NSPCC. They receive updates on safeguarding at least annually.

  • All staff are confident to ask questions in relation to any safeguarding concerns and know not to take things at face value but can be respectfully sceptical.

  • All staff understand the principles of early help (as defined in Working Together To Safeguard Children 2015) and are able to identify those children and families who maybe in need of early help and enable them to access it.

  • All staff understand LSCB thresholds of significant harm and understand how to access services for families, including those families who are below the threshold for significant harm.

  • All staff understand their responsibilities under the General Data Protection Regulations and the circumstances under which they share information about you and your child with other agencies.

  • All staff understand how to escalate their concerns in the event they feel the local authority and/or their own organisation has not acted adequately to safeguard.

  • All staff understand what the organisation expects of them in terms of their required behaviour and conduct and follow our policies and procedures on positive behaviour, online safety (including the use of mobile phones) whistle blowing and dignity at work.

  • Children have a key person to build a relationship with and are supported to articulate any worries, concerns or complaints they may have in an age appropriate way.

  • All staff understand our policy on promoting positive behaviour and follow it in relation to children showing aggression towards other children.

  • We provide adequate and appropriate staffing resources to meet the needs of children.

  • Applicants for posts within the setting are clearly informed that the positions are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

  • Candidates are informed of the need to carry out 'enhanced disclosure' checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before posts can be confirmed.

  • Where applications are rejected because of obtaining information that has been disclosed, applicants have the right to know and to challenge incorrect information.

  • We abide by Ofsted requirements in respect of references and Disclosure and Barring Service checks for staff and volunteers, to ensure that no disqualified person or unsuitable person works at the setting or has access to the children. All our checks are enhanced.

  • Volunteers do not work unsupervised and must :

    • Be aged 17 or over

    • Be considered competent and responsible

    • Receive a robust induction and regular supervisory meeting

    • Be familiar with the settings policies and procedures

    • Students on long term placements who are over 17 and have been with us for 6 months or more, may be used in ratios at times. All students must have completed a DBS check prior to starting with us, those gained through their college are suitable during the placement.

 

  • We record information about staff qualifications, and the identity checks and vetting processes that have been completed including:

    • the DBS reference number

    • the date the disclosure was obtained

    • details of who obtained it     

  • We inform all staff that they are expected to disclose any convictions, cautions, court orders or reprimands and warnings which may affect their suitability to work with children (whether received before or during their employment with us).

  • We abide by the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act requirements in respect of any person who is dismissed from our employment, or resigns in circumstances that would otherwise have lead to dismissal for reasons of child protection concern.

  • We have procedures for recording the details of visitors to the setting.

  • We take security steps to ensure that we have control over who comes into the setting so that no unauthorised person has unsupervised access to the children.

 

Media

  • We take steps to ensure children are not photographed or filmed on video for any other purpose than to record their development or their participation in events organised by us. Parents are asked permission for the setting to take photos and are aware that we hold visual images of their child within their ‘Learning Journey.’  Parent(s)/carer(s)  have access to their child’s learning journey throughout their time with us and are given the folder as they leave us for compulsory education.

  • The majority of images are only kept temporarily on our camera on the premises; as soon as they are printed they are deleted. A small number of photos are kept and are displayed on the photo frames within the pre-school. In addition we hold a small number of photos as a sample of images to show Ofsted the types of activities we organise.

  • We do not send photos to outside agencies for printing.

  • Any personal information is held securely and in line with data protection requirements in line with the ICO.

  • The designated person is responsible for ensuring there is adequate online safety policy in place.

  • We keep a written record of all complaints and concerns including how they were dealt with and responded to

  • We ensure robust risk assessments are completed, that they are seen and signed by all relevant staff and they are regularly reviewed and updated in line with our Health and Safety policy.

  • All staff and visitors are informed that mobile phones are not permitted in the preschool when there are children on the premises, except during the initial drop off and collection periods.

  • Staff, students, volunteers and visitors  are not permitted to use their mobile phones or other electronic devices during Session times and are required to follow our 'Use of Photography and Mobile Phones' policy

  • If other hall users need to access the toilet, whilst the preschool is in session, we ask them to use the separate disabled toilet, ensuring the safeguarding of the children within our provision.

  • All appropriate concerns will be reported to children’s social care, LADO, Ofsted or RIDDOR within all agencies timeline guidance.

 

Key commitment 2

We are committed to responding promptly and appropriately to all incidents or concerns of abuse that may occur and to work with statutory agencies in accordance with the procedures that are set down in 'What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused – Advice for Practitioners HMG' (March 2015) and the  Care Act 2014

 

Responding to suspicions of abuse

  • We acknowledge that abuse of children can take different forms - physical, emotional, and sexual, as well as neglect.

  • We ensure that all staff have an understanding of the additional vulnerabilities that arise from special educational needs and / or disabilities, plus inequalities of race, gender, language, religion, sexual orientation or culture and that these receive full consideration in relation to child and young person child protection.

  • When children are suffering from physical, sexual or emotional abuse, or experiencing neglect, this may be demonstrated through:

    • significant changes in their behaviour;

    • deterioration in their general well-being;

    • their comments which may give cause for concern, or the things they say (direct or indirect disclosure);

    • changes in their appearance, their behaviour, or their play;

    • unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse or neglect; and

    • any reason to suspect neglect or abuse outside the setting.

  • If we notice a chid enters the setting with a visible mark or if marks on a child are noticed when changing them we will ask parents how the injuries happened and get them to record their answer and sign next to the statement.

  • We are aware of the “hidden harm” agenda concerning parents with drug and alcohol problems and consider other factors affecting parental capacity and risk, such as social exclusion, domestic violence, radicalisation, mental or physical illness and parents learning disability

  • We are aware that children’s vulnerability is potentially increased when they are privately fostered and when we know a child is being cared for under a private fostering arrangement, we inform our local authority children’s social care team.

  • We are prepared to take action if we have concerns about the welfare of a child who fails to arrive at session when expected. The designated person will attempt to contact the child’s parent / carer for an explanation of the child absence and be assured the child is safe and well. If no contact is made and the designated person has reason to believe that the child is at risk of significant harm, the relevant professionals will be contacted immediately and LSCB procedures  are followed. If the child has involvement with social care the social worker is notified on the day of unexplained absence.

  • We are aware of other factors that affect children’s vulnerability  that may affect, or may have affected, children and young people using our provision, such as, abuse of children with special educational needs and / or disabilities; fabricated or induced illness; child abuse linked to beliefs in spirit possession; sexual exploitation of children, through internet abuse;  Female Genital Mutilation and radicalisation or extremism.

  • In relation to radicalisation and extremism we follow the Prevent Duty guidance for England and Wales published by the Home Office and LSCB procedures on responding to radicalisation.

  • All staff have completed on line Channel training prior to starting employment with us.

  • We are aware of the mandatory duty that applies to teachers, including Early Years Practitioners and health workers to report cases of Female Genital Mutation to the police.

  • We also make ourselves aware that some children and young people are affected by gang activity, by complex, multiple or organised abuse, through forced marriage or honour based violence or may be victims of child trafficking. While this may be less likely to affect young children in our care, we may become aware of any of these factors affecting older children and young people who we may come into contact with.

  • Where we believe that a child in our care or that is known to us may be affected by any of these factors we follow the procedures below for reporting child protection concerns.

  • Where such evidence is apparent, the child's key person or other staff member (whichever it may be) makes a dated record of the details of the concern and discusses what to do with the member of staff who is acting as the 'designated person'. A central record of all such concerns about a child will be kept in the Safeguarding concerns folder. 

  • In the event that a staff member or volunteer is unhappy with the decision made by the designated person in relation to whether to make a safeguarding referral they must follow the escalation procedures.

  • We refer concerns to the local authority children’s social care department and co-operate fully in any subsequent investigation. In some cases this may mean the police or another agency identified by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (ESCB).

  • We take care not to influence the outcome either through the way we speak to children or by asking questions of children.

  • We take account of the need to protect young people aged 16-19 as defined by the Children Act 1989. This may include students or school children on work placement, young employees or young parents. Where abuse is suspected we follow the procedure for reporting any other child protection concerns. The views of the young person will always be taken into account, but the setting may override the young person’s refusal to consent to share information if it feels that it is necessary to prevent a crime from being committed or intervene where one may have been, or to prevent harm to a child or adult. Sharing confidential information without consent is done only where not sharing it could be worse than the outcome of having shared it.

  • We have a whistle blowing policy in place

  • Staff and volunteers know they can contact the organisation Public Concern at Work for advice relating to whistle blowing. If they feel the organisation has not acted adequately in relation to safeguarding they can contact the NSPCC whistle blowing hot line.

 

Recording suspicions of abuse and disclosures

  • We refer to the Family Operations Hub Partner Access Map, Essex CC, Early Years and Childcare (latest version)

  • Where a child makes comments  to a member of staff that gives cause for concern (disclosure), or a member of staff observes signs or signals that gives cause for concern, such as significant changes in behaviour; deterioration in general well-being; unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse or neglect that member of staff:

    • listens to the child, offers reassurance and gives assurance that she or he will take action;

    • does not question the child;

    • makes a written record that forms an objective record of the observation or disclosure that includes:

      • the date and time of the observation or the disclosure;

      • the exact words spoken by the child as far as possible;

      • the name of the person to whom the concern was reported, with date and time; and the names of any other person present at the time.

 

  • These records are signed and dated and kept in the safeguarding file which is kept securely and confidentially.

  • The member of staff acting as the 'designated person' is informed of the issue at the earliest opportunity.

  • We follow the Southend, Essex,Thurrock (SET) procedures, which can be found on the Essex Safeguarding Children's Board website, (www.escb.co.uk).

  • The index of the 'SET Procedures' can be found in our Safeguarding folder, and we have the latest digital copy of the SET procedures kept on a memory stick.

  • If the designated person is unsure of what to do they should make a call to the Family Operations Hub and ask for a consultation or for help and advice.

  • For immediate concerns about a child's safety call 999

 

Making a referral to the local authority children's social care team for a child that is NOT at risk of suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm

  • Speak to the family and gain consent for referral

  • We refer to the Family Operations Hub Partner Access Map, Essex CC, Early Years and Childcare (latest version)

  • Make a note of the date and time you contacted them, who you spoke to, get parents to sign the statement taken.

  • Together with the parent/carer complete an Family Operations Request for Services (FORS form) and send it to the Family Operation Hub. (The FORS form can be found on the ESCB website and details of where to send it once completed; and how; are indicated on the FORS form)

 

Making a referral to the local authority children's social care team for a child that is at risk of suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm

  • Refer to flow chart Family Operations Hub Partner Access Map, Essex CC, Early Years and Childcare, (latest version)

  • Contact the Family Operations Hub by phone or by e-mail and state the call is a ‘Priority’ if the child is in immediate danger or ask for a ‘Consultation’ if unsure whether you need to make a referral.

  • Make a note of the date and time you contacted them, who you spoke to and any references you are given.

  • This is based on ‘What to do if you're worried a child is being abused – Advice for Practitioners’ (March 2015)

  • Give an account of your issue and await a reply.

  • If you have not had a response from the Children's Social care team within 48 hours then contact them to see what has been done so far. 

 

Escalation Process

  • If we feel that a referral has not been dealt with properly or that concerns are not being addressed or responded to  we will follow LSCB escalation process

  • We ensure that staff are aware of how to escalate concerns.

 

Informing parents

  • Parents are normally the first point of contact. Concerns are discussed with parents to gain their view of events, unless it is felt that this may put the child at risk or interfere with the course of a police investigation. Advice will be sought from social care if necessary.

  • Parents are informed when we make a record of concerns in their children’s file and we make a note of any discussion we have with them regarding a concern.

  • If we feel that discussing the issue with parents may put the child in greater danger or give someone the opportunity to destroy evidence against them we do not share information with parents.

  • We aim to gain consent from parents to share information about their child with other agencies, unless we feel a child is suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm, then the child’s safety and welfare must override this and information MUST be shared.

  • In a case where the parent is the likely abuser the social workers will inform parents of any allegations made.

  • If a suspicion of abuse warrants referral to social care, parents are informed at the same time that the referral will be made, except where the guidance of the LSCB does not allow this, for example where it is believed the child may be placed at risk. This will usually be the case when the parent is the abuser.

  • If there is the possibility that advising a parent beforehand may place the child at a greater risk (or interfere with police response) the designated person should seek advice from children’s social care about whether or not to advise the parents beforehand and follow the advice given.

 

Liaison with other agencies

  • We work within the Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) guidelines.

  • The current version of “What to do if you are worried a child is being abused” is available for parents and staff and staff are familiar with what they need to do if they have concerns.

  • We follow the flow chart of the 'Family Operations Hub and Partner Access Map', Essex CC, Early Years and Childcare (latest version) and this is available for parents and staff and ensures staff are familiar with what they need to do if they have concerns.

  • We check regularly the Essex Safeguarding board website and the Essex County Council Early Years and Childcare website for updates relating to Safeguarding.

  • We have procedures for contacting the local authority on child protection issues, and all the contact details are checked regularly (see the top of the policy)

  • We notify the registration authority (Ofsted) of any incident or accident and any changes in our arrangements which may affect the well-being of children or where an allegation of abuse is made against a staff member (whether the allegations relate to harm or abuse committed on our premises or elsewhere). Notifications to Ofsted are made as soon as is reasonably practical but at the latest within 14 days of the allegations being made. 

  • Where an allegation of abuse is made against a member of staff (whether the allegations relate to harm or abuse committed on our premises or elsewhere). We follow the procedure as laid out in the 'How to Manage Safeguarding Allegations made about a member of staff, LADO leaflet' from Essex County Council Early Years and Childcare, and contact the LADO without delay via the telephone number shown. Notifications to Ofsted are made as soon as is reasonably practicable, but at least within 14 days of the allegations being made.

  • Contact details for the local National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) are also kept.

 

 

Allegations against staff

  • We ensure that all parents know how to complain about the behaviour or actions of staff or volunteers within the setting, or working on the premises occupied by the setting, which may include an allegation of abuse. 

  • We respond to any inappropriate behaviour displayed by staff members, volunteer or any other person living or working on the premises which includes:

  • Inappropriate sexual comments

  • Excessive one-to-one attention beyond the requirements of their usual role and responsibilities or inappropriate sharing of images or media.

  • We follow the procedure as laid out in the 'How to Manage Safeguarding Allegations made about a member of staff or adult working in an early years and childcare setting, LADO leaflet' (latest version), from Essex County Council Early Years and Childcare, and contact the LADO without delay via the telephone number shown, but within 24 hours of any situation arising.

  • We ensure staff and volunteers know how to raise concerns about a staff member or volunteer within  the setting. We respond to any concerns raised by staff and volunteers  and they also know how to escalate their concerns if they are not satisfied with our response

  • We follow the guidance given from the Essex Safeguarding Children's Board, and Essex County Council, using the 'Are you concerned about an Adult working or Volunteering with children?' booklet, when responding to any complaint that a member of staff, or volunteer within the setting, or anyone working on the premises occupied by the setting, has abused a child.

  • We respond to any disclosure by children or staff that abuse by a member of staff or volunteer within the setting, or working on the premises occupied by the setting, may have taken, or is taking place, by first recording the details of any such alleged incident. 

  • We do not discuss this amongst staff

  • We refer any such complaint immediately to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)  to investigate. We also report any such alleged incident to Ofsted and what measures we have taken, within 14 days. We are aware that it is an offence not to do this.

  • We co-operate entirely with any investigation carried out by children’s social care in conjunction with the police.

  • Where the management committee, the LADO and children’s social care agree it is appropriate in the circumstances, the Manager will suspend the member of staff on full pay, or the volunteer, for the duration of the investigation. This is not an indication of admission that the alleged incident has taken place, but is to protect the staff as well as children and families throughout the process.

  • If the member of staff resigns or the volunteer decides not to return, we must still continue with the reporting procedure.

  • If the allegation is substantiated by the LADO, then the Disclosure and Barring service will be notified and provided with all the relevant information.

  • The Disclosure and Barring service will contact the employee/volunteers directly to inform them of their decision, the setting will not be notified.

 

Disciplinary action

  • Where a member of staff or volunteer has been dismissed due to engaging in activities that caused concern for the safeguarding of children or vulnerable adults, we will notify the Disclosure and Barring Service of relevant information, so that individuals who pose a threat to children (and vulnerable groups) can be identified and barred from working with these groups.

 

Whistleblowing

  • Whistleblowing is when someone raises a concern about a dangerous or illegal activity or any wrongdoing within their organisation.

  • Raising a concern is known as "blowing the whistle" and is a vital process for identifying risks to people's safety.

  • Sharing information or talking through a concern can be the first step to helping an organisation identify problems and improve their practices.

 

  • We have a specific Whistleblowing policy in place which gives guidance to staff, students or volunteers. Which should be read in the first instance if an employee, student or volunteer wish to raise, in good faith, a concern they have about misconduct or malpractice.

 

  • In addition to our policy the NSPCC has launched a government funded Whistleblowing Advice Line. This will take calls from professionals from any sector who are worried about the way their, or another, organisation is dealing with child protection issues. Employees who don’t feel able to escalate these issues internally can contact the service, as well as those who have been unsuccessful in doing so. It can be reached for free on 0800 028 0285 and can be contacted anonymously.

 

  • Safeguarding concerns about anyone working with children must be reported to the Local Authority Designated Officer, (LADO)

  • Contact the Essex Duty LADO on: 03330 139 797

 

 

Key commitment 3 

We are committed to promoting awareness of child abuse issues throughout its training and learning programmes for adults. It is also committed to empowering young children, through its early childhood curriculum, promoting their right to be strong, resilient and listened to.

 

Training

  • We seek out training opportunities for all adults involved in the setting to ensure that they are able to recognise the signs and signals of possible physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect and that they are aware of the local authority guidelines for making referrals. 

  • We ensure that designated persons receive training in accordance with that recommended by the Essex Children's Safeguarding Board (ESCB) every two years and refresh and refresh their knowledge at lease annually.

  • We ensure that all staff know the procedures for reporting and recording their concerns in the setting.

  • We ensure all staff receive updates on safeguarding via emails, newsletters, online training and discussions at staff meetings, supervisions or appraisals at least annually.

 

Planning

  • The layout of the main hall allows for constant supervision of children. No child is left alone with staff or volunteers in a one-to-one situation without being visible to others, unless they are caring for a child who requires toileting assistance or changing. Our toilet area always has the main door open/ajar and staff are expected to and must alert others when toileting a child or changing a nappy  and  they are still within sound of another adult. (see Nappy Change Policy). 

 

Curriculum

  • We introduce key elements of keeping children safe into our programme to promote the personal, social and emotional development of all children, so that they may grow to be strong, resilient and listened to and that they develop an understanding of why and how to keep safe.

  • We create within the setting a culture of value and respect for the individual, having positive regard for children's heritage arising from their gender, colour, ethnicity, languages spoken at home, cultural and social background.

  • We ensure that this is carried out in a way that is developmentally appropriate for the children.

 

Confidentiality

  • Confidentiality is always kept in mind when sharing information, but we believe it is paramount that if a member of staff or volunteer believes a child may be suffering, or is at risk of, significant harm or causing serious harm to others that these concerns are not ignored. Such concerns must always be discussed with the designated person, who may themselves take advice from the Family Operations Hub on a consultation basis. Any such conversations should be recorded.  Any information is shared under the guidance of the Essex Safeguarding Children Board and is only shared with those who need to know. The person who shared the information, who they shared it with and their reasons for sharing it are recorded.

 

Support to families

  • We believe in building trusting and supportive relationships with families, staff and volunteers in the group.

  • We make clear to parents our role and responsibilities in relation to child protection, such as for the reporting of concerns, providing information, information sharing, monitoring of the child, and liaising at all times with the local children’s social care team.

  • We will continue to welcome the child and the family whilst investigations are being made in relation to any alleged abuse.

  • We follow the Child Protection Plan as set by the child’s social care worker in relation to the setting's designated role and tasks in supporting that child and their family, subsequent to any investigation.

  • Confidential records kept on a child are shared with the child's parents or those who have parental responsibility for the child in accordance with the Confidentiality and Client Access to Records procedure and only if appropriate under the guidance of the Essex Safeguarding Children Board.

 

Prevent Duty

The Prevent Duty Guidance places duties on schools and childcare providers to have 'due regard to prevent people being drawn into terrorism', and to promote children's welfare and to keep children safe.

As an early years setting we are in an ideal position to build children's resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British Values; to help everyone live in safe and welcoming communities where they feel they belong.

These British Values are defined as:

  • democracy

  • the rule of law

  • individual liberty and mutual respect

  • tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

These values are not unique to Britain; they are universal aspirations for equality. As such they are fundamental to helping all children become compassionate, considerate adults who form part of a fair and equal society.

To fulfil the Prevent Duty we actively promote British Values in the meaningful and age appropriate delivery of the EYFS and through our policies and procedures relating to equality, behaviour and safeguarding.

  • we focus on children's personal, social and emotional development

  • ensuring children learn right from wrong

  • sharing and mixing with other children

  • value other's opinions and views

  • learn and know about similarities and differences between themselves and others

  • challenge negative attitudes and stereotypes

  • We ensure staff and committee members complete the online 'Channel General Awareness' course to increase their knowledge in relation to their duties and responsibilities.

  • We ensure staff are alert to harmful behaviours by influential adults in the child's life. This may include discriminatory and/or extremist discussions between parents, family and/or staff members.

  • The staff assess the risk of children being drawn into terrorism, including support for extremist ideas. We do this by following our safeguarding procedures, ensuring staff have continued training that gives them the knowledge, confidence and understanding of how to identify 'at-risk' children.

  • We ensure staff take action when they observe behaviour of concern and are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation.

  • If staff have a concern they know to record in writing and date the details of what exactly they have heard and/or observed, and inform the settings Safeguarding Designated Lead and Manager immediately.

  • If there are concerns that an individual maybe vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism or extremism, the Designated Safeguarding Lead will follow our safeguarding policy and procedures, and the Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) guidelines to refer the concerns to the Family Operations Hub using the flow chart of the 'Family Operations Hub and Partner Access Map', Essex CC, Early Years and Childcare (latest version).

 

If any worker believes a crime is being committed, or planned, or is aware of any terrorist activity, they should contact the Essex Police Prevent Team without delay.

Email: prevent@essex.pnn.police.uk or contact DS Mark Wilson directly on Tel: 01245 491491 ext. 180527, or Mobile: 07718 669650

As a setting we understand that failure to fulfil the Prevent Duty may result in funding being withdrawn by the Local Authority.

 

 

Legal framework

Primary legislation

  • Children Act (1989 s47)

  • The Children Act (2004 s11)

  • Protection of Children Act (1999)

  • The Children Act (Every Child Matters) (2004)

  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006)

  • SET Child Protection Procedures (2015)

  • Children Act (2006)

 

Secondary Legislation

  • Sexual Offences Act (2003)

  • Criminal Justice and Court Services Act (2000)

  • Equality Act (2010)

  • General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR 2018)

  • Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations (2009)

  • Children and Families Act (2014)

  • Care Act (2014)

  • Serious Crime Act (2015)

  • Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (2015)

 

Further Guidance

  • Essex County Council, Early Years and Childcare – Family Operations Hub Partner Access Map (2015)

  • Essex County Council, Early Years and Childcare – How to Manage Safeguarding Allegations (May 2016)

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015)

  • What to do if you’re Worried a Child is Being Abused – Advice for Practitioners (2015)

  • Effective Support for Children and Families in Essex (Nov 2013)

  • Statutory guidance on making arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 (HMG 2007)

  • Information Sharing: Advice for Practitioners providing a safeguarding service to children, young people, parents and carers (March 2015)

  • PREVENT Duty guidance – section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015

  • Channel Duty Guidance: Protecting Vulnerable People from Being Drawn into Terrorism (HMG 2015)

  • Hidden Harm –Responding to the needs of Children of Problem Drug Users (ACMD, 2003)

  • Disclosure and Barring Service: www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-check

  • Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years, Education and skills Settings (Ofsted 2016)

 

Other useful Pre-school Learning Alliance publications:

  • Safeguarding Children (2013)

  • Safeguarding through Effective Supervision (2013)

  • The New Early Years Employee Handbook (2016)

  • People Management in the Early Years (2016)

 

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