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Safeguarding children in the Early Years – model policy, guidance, referrals and training.

Allegations against staff, carers and volunteers

An important safeguarding update regarding LADO procedures. For full details please see allegations against staff, carers and volunteers on the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children's Board website.

Child protection policy and safeguarding procedures approved by the DSCB for Derbyshire Ofsted registered early years and childcare providers

If you have a child protection, safeguarding or early help concern regarding a child in Derbyshire please contact the local council via the appropriate web information or contact numbers. If your concerns are regarding a child who lives in a neighbouring council please visit the appropriate council's website.

Model policies have been designed by Derbyshire’s Early Years Improvement Service for Ofsted registered childcare providers in Derbyshire. The policies have been approved by the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB). Please note that these documents have been updated to reflect the new Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills effective from Monday 2 September 2019 and all changes have been highlighted. These policies are for guidance only and must be adapted to fit each individual setting's circumstances. Your policy should be reviewed at least every 12 months.

Requirements to pass on any child protection referrals

In line with guidance to Derbyshire schools, we advise the following for Ofsted registered childcare settings regarding the transfer of child protection records:

It is important to establish an operational protocol around data sharing and the transferring in and out of child protection files, which involves the designated safeguarding lead and demonstrates a safe and consistent practice. Please see our updated information sharing guidance document.

Concerns and referrals

Advice

Training

Training is available via the workforce development team course search, approved safeguarding training opportunities through the DSCB and online.

Report concerns about a child to neighbouring councils by getting in touch with the relevant council.

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