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 Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children's Partnership website.
Child protection policy and safeguarding procedures approved by the DDSCP 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 Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (DDSCP). Please note that these documents have been updated to reflect the new Keeping Children Safe In Education- for schools and colleges 2020 effective from 1st September 2020 and all changes are in red. 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
- urgent and immediate concerns must be reported to Derbyshire Starting Point tel: 01629 533190
- for all other referrals complete a referral form
- for allegations against a member of staff complete Derby and Derbyshire LADO referral form, find the form in the DDSCP document library
- access Early Help support in Derbyshire by completing a Starting Point referral form
Training is available via the Early Years Service, please email: CS.EYS@derbyshire.gov.uk
In addition, approved safeguarding training opportunities are available through the DDSCP and online.
Report concerns about a child to neighbouring councils by getting in touch with the relevant council.