Safeguarding Early Years

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is about more than child protection. Child protection is specifically about protecting children and young people from suspected abuse and neglect. Safeguarding is much wider than that. It includes everything an organisation can do to keep children and young people safe, including minimising the risk of harm and accidents and taking action to tackle safety concerns.

Safeguarding is also about being able to respond quickly and appropriately to concerns or allegations brought to the organisation, which means having the right policies and procedures in place to deal with difficult situations if they arise.

Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board provides relevant up to date information, National Guidance and a range of resources and training in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

If you want to raise allegations or concerns about a person working with children, please use the LADO Notification form.

What you should do if you think a child is being abused

Childcare and Early Years settings can use the Early Years Incident online form to report notifications to Ofsted. Alternatively, send an email to enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk with their EY number in the subject line.

Contact us to report a concern

Lead Practitioner: Safeguarding support groups

The aim of these support groups is to provide Lead Practitioners: Safeguarding with a forum in order to develop their role as a setting leader for safeguarding children. They will be held in each area during the autumn, spring and summer terms.

This event is open to all Lead Practitioners: Safeguarding in early years education settings, private, voluntary or independent sectors, maintained nursery provisions and EYE childminders. Year R staff can also attend this event for a small fee. Contact your local SfYC office to book a place.

Note: Booking is through Eventbrite. Check the details published in the Services for Young Children Blog Bulletins.