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). This must be renewed every 3 years.
We recommend you complete the Group 3 training. If you haven’t ever completed safeguarding training or it was over 3 years ago we would advise you book yourself onto the online training to get the basic knowledge and a certificate in place, also book onto the full Group 3 training in the background. This online training is free to access.
New childminders who have attended the Safeguarding Workshop as part of the pre-registration training package we would advise you complete Group 3 training within the first 12 months of registration.
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