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Local Safeguarding Children Board, Ofsted, DfE and partners

Links to supporting documents and guidance.

Local Safeguarding Children Board

Leicestershire and Rutland LSCB

Includes information about:

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


Threshold for access to services for children and families

Parental Responsibility

Children's Workforce Matters

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 (replacing 2008 version):

Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services

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

The Prevent Duty

Guidance for parents and carers about cyberbullying - advice includes set boundaries, talk to children about safety issues and print out evidence of online harassment:

Protecting children from Cyberbullying

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:

Safeguarding – Ofsted actions

Safe Network


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:

Whistleblowing guidance

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

Safeguarding information from the Provider Updates

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