Safeguarding - Childcare Provider Responsibilities
Early years settings have a duty to comply with the welfare requirements of the EYFS(Early Years Foundation Stage).
The statutory requirements in relation to safeguarding are detailed in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and relevant extracts can be viewed below:
- Providers must have and implement a policy and procedures to safeguard children and this is in line with the guidance and procedures of Harrow Local Safeguarding Children Board. (EYFS 3.4)
- The safeguarding policy and procedures must include an explanation of the action to be taken in the event of an allegation being made against a member of staff, and cover the use of mobile phones, cameras in the setting. (EYFS 3.4)
- A practitioner must be designated to take lead responsibility for safeguarding children in every setting. The lead practitioner known as the Designated Safeguarding Officer is responsible for liaison with local statutory children’s services agencies and with the HSCB. They must provide advice, support and guidance to any other staff on an ongoing basis, and on any specific safeguarding issue as required. The lead practitioner must attend a safeguarding training course that enables them to identify, understand and respond appropriately to signs of possible abuse and neglect. (EYFS 3.5)
- Providers must train all staff to understand their Safeguarding policy and procedures and to ensure that they have up to date knowledge of safeguarding issues. (EYFS 3.6)
- Providers must train all staff working with them to understand their safeguarding policy and procedures, and ensure that all staff have up to date knowledge of safeguarding issues. Training made available by the provider must enable staff to identify signs of possible abuse and neglect at the earliest opportunity, and to respond in a timely and appropriate way. These may include:
- Significant changes in children’s behaviour.
- Deterioration in children’s general well-being.
- Unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse or neglect.
- Children’s comments which give cause for concern.
- Any reasons to suspect neglect or abuse outside the setting, for example in the child’s home.
- Inappropriate behaviour displayed by other members of staff, or any other person working with the children. For example: inappropriate sexual comments; excessive one to one attention beyond the requirements of their usual role and responsibilities; or inappropriate sharing of images. (EYFS 3.6)
- Providers must have regard to the Government’s statutory guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015’. If providers have concerns about children’s safety or welfare, they must notify agencies with statutory responsibilities without delay. This means the local children’s social care services and in emergencies, the police. (EYFS 3.7)
- Registered providers must inform Ofsted of any allegations of serious harm or abuse by any person living, working, or looking after children at the premises (whether that allegation relates to harm or abuse committed on the premises or elsewhere), or any other abuse which is alleged to have taken place on the premises, and of the action taken in respect of these allegations. These notifications must be made as soon as is reasonably practicable, but at the latest within 14 days of the allegations being made. A registered provider who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with this requirement, commits an offence (EYFS 3.8).
Your role in Safeguarding Children
- Be aware of signs and symptoms
- Discuss concerns with Safeguarding lead
- Record accurate information, observations and conversation
- Do not delay, be prompt
- Consider other agencies - Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility