Safeguarding for childcare providers

Welcome to the safeguarding page of our website. This section has been designed to enable childcare providers to access information, guidance and tools to support them in their roles and responsibilities of keeping children safe.

Safeguarding Training Requirements for Early Years Practitioners

It is recommended that all childcare practitioners including volunteers, managers, welfare and business staff complete relevant training in order to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of all the children in their care.
 
E-Learning
 
The safeguarding E-Learning package available online is a good place to start but is suggested as basic training only.  The content of the course does not provide sufficient learning for early years practitioners to have a comprehensive understanding of safeguarding to meet the requirements of the EYFS and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.
 
E-Learning is useful to complete as part of staff induction, a follow up conversation with a senior manager or Designated Lead Practitioner to support learning and answer any questions will be of further benefit.  This basic training is also valuable as a refresher if safeguarding training has not been completed for a while, or in the interim while awaiting a place on face to face training.
 
E-Learning does not provide the same opportunities as face to face training as it is completed in isolation and therefore should not be considered a substitute for interactive learning.
 
The E-Learning can be found on the Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) website www.lancashiresafguarding.org.uk 
 
Lancashire County Council (LCC) face to face Safeguarding Training
 
Face to face training is recommended for all early years staff as it provides learning within a group, allows for dialogue and discussion; sharing of experience and asking of questions thus providing a richer learning experience.  Basic details of available courses are listed below:
 
  • An introduction to Safeguarding Children  - Recommended for all staff to complete including the Designated Lead Practitioner (DLP).  Course to be completed every three years.  There is a charge  of £30 per person for a half day course.
 
  • Safeguarding for the Designated Lead Practitioner - For those taking the lead on safeguarding and child protection.  This training is to be updated every two years.  A charge of £60 per person for a full day or 2 x half day sessions.
The requirement to undertake appropriate safeguarding training is a condition within the EYFS.  The timescales for renewal are as directed by the requirements of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board and need to be adhered to.
 
Our training brochure and process of how to book onto courses can be accessed at www.lancashire.gov.uk/education/childcare under 'Training Opportunities'.
 
Continuous Professional Development
 
As part of continuous professional development it is recommended that the Designated Lead Practitioneralso considers accessing multi-agency LSCB training at level 3.  There are always several places available to the wider private, voluntary and independent sector.  Courses are advertised on the LSCB website and are free unless not attended where a charge is then made.
 
It is also good practice for all staff to evidence that they are improving their safeguarding knowledge on at least an annual basis.  This does not mean having to attend expensive formal training but should be considered within a wider learning and development context and may include E-Learning, taking time to read and digest safeguarding developments e.g. LSCB 7 Minute Briefings, Professional Learning from Lancashire Serious Case Reviews (published on the LSCB website), sharing good practice with practitioners and generally keeping up with any new developments relevant to the role.  There is an expectation that individual practitioners will be proactive in updating their training to maintain their continued learning and professional development.
 
Lancashire County Council In-House Training
 
We offer in-house safeguarding training. This option may be preferable to enable training of all staff together.  Individual settings can offer places to other childcare providers (nurseries, childminders, or out of school clubs) in the area to help boost numbers and cover the cost.  This could also be a choice for groups of childminders who are able to book a suitable room.
 
For details of how to book in-house training please contact staff at the Professional Development Centre on 01772 456405 or by email at EarlyYearsCentre@lancashire.gov.uk 
 
Alternative Training Providers 
 
There is no compulsory obligation to purchase training delivered by Lancashire County Council, safeguarding training can be accessed from a number of different training providers.  The training that we offer, provides relevant detail on local pathways and child protection procedures, Lancashire specific updates to practice, professional learning from Serious Case Reviews etc.  These elements may be missing from non LCC training providers.
 
Lancashire County Council and LSCB do not know the content of courses available from other training providers so unfortunately are not able to advise on the suitability of these courses.

Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006 - July 2018

Schools, nurseries and out of school clubs are no longer required to establish if staff, are disqualified by association.  That is if they share a house with someone who would be disqualified from working with children.  This means that these settings must not ask their staff questions about cautions or convictions of anyone living or working in their household. 
 
Where registered childcare is provided on domestic premises i.e. childminders, the disqualification by association arrangements will continue to apply.
 
Below is the updated guidance and FAQs document to support practitioners and managers with regard to this.  The full guidance document is available on the Gov.uk website here.  
 
In addition there is an example staff declaration form and termly confirmation form.  The originals are currently being used within schools and these have been adapted to meet the requirements of early years settings.
 

Fundamental British Values and the Prevent Duty

These guidance documents have been devised by Home Office colleagues and signed off by Lancashire County Council senior management in respect of Prevent.  The advice is aimed at schools but the general principles and messages are relevant for early years and out of school settings too as it all links in with the Prevent Duty obligations that we should now have effectively implemented across the sector.
 

Supporting Parents

Below is a range of documents that may help you to support parents in keeping children safe:
 

Common Assessment Framework (CAF)

The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is a key tool in the early identification of children and young people and families who may experience problems or who are vulnerable to poor outcomes and underpins the work of Early Help.
 
Lancashire Children and Young People's Trust have a wide range of support materials available on their website to assist practitioners in caring for children.

Online Safety

 
This guide will help managers of early years settings (including wrap around care for the early years age group) ensure that their online safeguarding practice is in line with statutory requirements and suggested best practice.
 
It explores the current statutory guidance in the form of a checklist with key questions to help early years managers reflect and evidence their existing practice.  The guidance highlights a range of resources which can be used to support early years settings to develop a whole setting approach towards online safety in line with national guidance.
 
 
This guide is provided as a resource for staff working in early years settings to help them understand their role promoting the online safety and wellbeing of children in their care, as well as enabling them to consider their own professional practice.
 
The guidance highlights a range of resources which can be used by practitioners in early years settings to safeguard children, parents and themselves as professionals online.  The document can be read by staff independently as part of developing their own safeguarding knowledge and understanding.  It could also be used by managers as part of staff induction or to stimulate a discussion with staff regarding their settings online safety policy and procedures.
 
There is a whole chapter on the LSCB website that is well worth looking at and provides a wealth of information, advice and guidance about supporting Children and Young People to Stay Safe Online.  www.lancashiresafeguarding.org.uk under the heading Online Safeguarding.