Safeguarding updates


5 February 2019

The UK Council for Internet Safety has published online safety guidance for early years practitioners. 'Safeguarding children and protecting professionals in early years settings' aims to help practitioners safeguard both children and adults online:

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10 October 2018

Ofsted has updated its 'Inspecting safeguarding' guidance to confirm that early years staff who start working in  settings before their DBS check has come through should not be left in unsupervised contact with children. 

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6 September 2018

Ofsted has made a number of updates to its 'Inspecting safeguarding' guidance which are outlined here.

4 July 2018

The Department for Education has published an updated version of the Working together to safeguard children guidance document, as well as transitional arrangements and the Working together to safeguard children statutory framework. The Department has also published an updated version of Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services.

8 March 2018

Ofsted has published an updated safeguarding policy and added guidance for inspectors

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22 February 2017

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) has released draft guidance on child abuse and neglect which advises that education and care professional, including early years practitioners, should look for "soft" signs that could indicate that a child is being abused or neglected, such as excessive clinginess, low self-esteem, and over-friendliness towards strangers.

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23 August 2016

Ofsted has further updated Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings and published a summary of the latest changes.

28 August 2015

Ofsted has published an updated version of Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills, ahead of the implementation of the Common Inspection Framework in September.

Download a summary of the changes to the latest version of Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills

Download an overview of Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills.

17 July 2015

Ofsted have added a new section to its safeguarding policy document (Annex A), on the assessment of risk in settings.

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Download our guidance to the key changes.

15 June 2015

Ofsted has published a new guide for inspectors on inspecting safeguarding under the common inspection framework. The guidance comes into effect as of September 2015.

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26 March 2015

The Department for Education have published a number of revised safeguarding documents:

17 February 2015

Ofsted has published a new policy document for inspector on identifying and responding to concerns regarding the safeguarding and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

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Policy updates