The new Working Together to Safeguard Children  2013 sets out the specific statutory duties organisations and professionals working with children and families have in relation to the welfare of children.   The guidance specifies the duties for Early Years and Child care providers as:

Early years providers have a duty under section 40 of the Childcare Act 2006 to comply with the welfare requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Early years providers should ensure that:

    • staff complete safeguarding training that enables them to recognise signs of potential abuse and neglect; and
    • they have a practitioner who is designated to take lead responsibility for safeguarding children within each early years setting and who should liaise with local statutory children’s services agencies as appropriate. This lead should also complete child protection training.

We have recently updated our Child Protection Training for Childminders course to ensure it reflects the latest guidance.  The on-line course is suitable for childminders and their assistants and covers: different types of child abuse, how to recognise abuse and neglect, child protection policies and procedures, identifying concerns, handling allegations and complaints, the roles of statutory bodies, working with other agencies and how and when to make referrals.

For further details on this training please click here.