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Early Years Safeguarding, Ofsted, DfE and partners

Links to supporting documents and guidance.

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Leicestershire and Rutland Safeguarding Children Partnership

Leicestershire and Rutland LRSCP

Includes information about:

  • Keeping Children Safe is Everyone’s Responsibility leaflet
  • Safeguarding Matters - Newsletter
  • Keeping safe on-line leaflets
  • LRSCP Safeguarding Competency Framework


Threshold for access to services for children and families

Parental Responsibility

Includes information about Inter-agency training programmes for safeguarding and training calendars.

Department for Education advice and guidance documents

The following explains the signs of abuse and neglect to look out for and the action to take if you think a child is being abused or neglected (replaces 2006 version):

What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused: advice for practitioners

The following is a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and includes changes on how to refer allegations of abuse against those who work with children (replaces 2013 version):

Working together to Safeguard children

Keeping children safe in education: statutory guidance for schools and colleges

The following document aims to help people working with children or parents and carers to decide when and how to share personal information legally and professionally:

Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services

Departmental advice regarding the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism:

The Prevent Duty

OfSTED and Partner information and guidance documents

Guidance document for inspectors undertaking inspection under the common inspection framework:

Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings

This details common actions in Leicestershire given at inspections between June and December 2015 to support developing you own practice and provision:


The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has launched a Regional Safeguarding Outreach programme to focus on working collaboratively with safeguarding and recruiting organisations including Early Years Providers in Leicestershire. The Regional Safeguarding Outreach Officer (East Midlands) is available to develop and deliver any sessions or services you are interested in to support you and your colleagues in safeguarding and safer recruitment. They would be happy to discuss further with you any issues or barriers you may have come across or provide any DBS information sessions you feel would be beneficial. You can find out more about the regional outreach role on:

DBS information and guidance  Opens new window

If you have any questions regarding the Disclosure and Barring Service or would like the Regional Safeguarding Outreach Officer to meet with you and your colleagues to provide any further information, please email

Plymouth and Birmingham nurseries - Overview of serious case reviews findings 

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has produced Guidance for Employers and Code of Practice on whistleblowing. The guidance is generic for all employers but contains very useful information for Childcare providers in putting together and implementing a whistleblowing policy as required under the EYFS:
Opens new windowOpens new window.If you have any questions regarding the Disclosure and Barring Service or would like Beth to meet with you and your colleagues to provide any further information, please email and Birmingham nurseries - Overview of serious case reviews findings

Whistleblowing guidance

There is also Ofsted whistleblowing guidance and a helpline: 0300 1233155. Safe Network also have information.

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