Keeping children safe is our number one priority. We have pulled together all of the relevant information, links and advice to support you with this important area.
Training: It is a legal requirement that the lead practitioner for safeguarding attends safeguarding training (for childminders who work on their own – this is you). Our advice is to review your safeguarding knowledge, including the LSCB procedure, at least annually. We would also recommend formal safeguarding training is completed / renewed every 3 years.
Childminders are able to purchase safeguarding training from any training provider, the EYFS 2014 framework states (comes into effect 01/09/14) “The lead practitioner must attend a child protection training course that enables them to identify, understand and respond appropriately to signs of possible abuse and neglect.” To read the full text go to pages 16 and 17 of the new framework, click here to download.
The training you purchase must cover all of the elements listed in the EYFS framework, in addition you MUST also take into account of any advice from the LSCB. There are links below to the posters available in Hampshire which describe the local advice plus a link to the Local Safeguarding Childrens Board website.
Information and advice: There are 2 posters to support what to do in Hampshire if you have concerns about children (click back button to return to this page):
- Safeguarding Poster For Parents Jan 14 – to be shared with parents e.g. displayed on a notice board or kept in an accessible parent info file.
- Hampshire Safeguarding Poster July 12 – for Practitioners only, not to be displayed.
The Government have updated the Working Together to Safeguarding Children document. This is a large document to which you must have regard to. Our advice is to download it to your computer and note where you have saved it. Click here to view (link will open in a new page).
Local Safeguarding Children’s Board – Hampshire has its own LSCB, they have a useful website which has info for you, parents, young people, factsheets, contact details plus lots of other info. Click here to view (site will open in a new page).
Worried About A Child?
IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT YOURSELF, OR A CHILD OR YOUNG PERSON PLEASE CONTACT:
Hampshire Children’s Services: 0845 6035620 (24 hours) You do not need to know everything about the child or young person and what is happening before contacting us.
IN AN EMERGENCY CONTACT THE POLICE BY DIALLING 999