Education and Early Years Settings
Early years, school and college staff are particularly important in safeguarding children as they are in a position to identify concerns early, provide help for children, and prevent concerns from escalating. All have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn and all staff should be prepared to identify children who may benefit from early help. This means providing support as soon as a problem emerges at any point in a child’s life, from the foundation years through to the teenage years.
Concern about a child’s welfare should follow the Statutory guidance published by the government in the document ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’. This states that education and school staff should expect to support social workers and other agencies following any referral.
Please find below a set of documents developed locally to assist schools, colleges and early years with their work to safeguard children.
- Schools and education guidance for writing safeguarding policy 2018 – UNDER REVIEW
- Schools and education guidance for child protection policy procedures and guidance – UNDER REVIEW
- Schools safeguarding self evaluation tool kit – UNDER REVIEW
- Guidance on the retention and transfer of child protection records
– UNDER REVIEW
- Model social networking policy for schools
- Early Years and Childcare – safeguarding escalation process
- Early Years and Childcare audit 2021-22
- Early Years and Childcare Safeguarding Policy (updated 2019)