Safeguarding is Everyone's Business

Early years and childcare practitioners are in a unique position to observe changes in a child's behaviour or appearance which give rise to concern about their well-being, and section 40 of the Childcare Act 2006 places a duty on early years providers to comply with the safeguarding and welfare requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (DfE 2017), which states that:

‘Providers must take all necessary steps to keep children safe and well and have regard for the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE 2018). If concerns about a child's safety or welfare arise providers must notify children's social care services without delay.

We provide a range of services to help you meet regulatory requirements and keep children safe, including safeguarding training, consultancy support in the setting, supervision for DSL’s and evaluation of setting policy and practice.

For more information about these services please contact our Early Years Team on 01905 678134 or 01905 678136.


Who to contact

If you are you worried that a child is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm and needs immediate protection:

  • Contact the Police on 999 if there is an immediate risk of danger
  • Otherwise contact the Family Front Door on 01905 822 666 from Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm (until 4:30pm on a Friday)
  • Out of office hours (5.00pm to 8.30am weekdays and all day weekends and bank holidays) contact the Emergency Duty team on 01905 768020

Community social workers are able to support professionals to either make a referral, or give them the advice to be able to support the child and/or family themselves. Please visit Children’s Social Care website for more information and contact details for Community Social Workers


The Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Partnership (WSCP)

The WSCP has responsibility for ensuring that agencies work together effectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children and young people in Worcestershire. See the Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Partnership (WSCP) website.



Safeguarding and Child Protection Guidance (Yellow Folder) September 2019

For Private, Voluntary and Independent Early Years and Childcare Providers

Model policy and procedures September 2019: featured in the Safeguarding Guidance

Templates for safeguarding and child protection policies and procedures for Private, Voluntary and Independent Early Years and Childcare Providers

Model Templates September 2019

Model Templates for Private, Voluntary and Independent Early Years and Childcare Providers

Staff Abuse Allegations in Early Years

Working together to Safeguard Children

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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for childcare providers who register with OFSTED

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Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills

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Revised Prevent duty guidance for England and Wales

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Early Years Safeguarding Training

Download the latest training directory to view all Safeguarding courses available

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