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Safeguarding

Safeguarding EYH

Early years settings, schools and further education and skills providers should be safe environments where children, learners and vulnerable adults can learn and develop. Inspectors should consider how well their leaders and managers have created a culture of vigilance, where children's and learners' welfare is promoted and where timely and appropriate safeguarding action is taken for children or learners who need extra help or who may be suffering, or likely to suffer, harm." (Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years Education and Skills, 2021)

At Together for Children, we put children at the heart of everything we do. Children's welfare is paramount, and we all play a vital part in helping to keep the children in our city safe and well. 

We offer a range of support to help you understand your role and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and to keep your safeguarding knowledge refreshed and up to date. 

We offer: 

  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Designated Safeguarding Lead training
  • Introduction to Safeguarding training
  • Termly Safeguarding Briefings for Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL's)/Childminders   
  • Annual Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements Audits 
  • One Minute Safeguarding Guides (see downloads section below)
  • Safeguarding section in monthly newsletters 
  • Regular updates about relevant changes to key legislation 
  • Support, guidance and advice as and when needed 

Safeguarding concerns

To make a referral regarding a concern about a child Integrated Contact and Referral Team | Together for Children where you can also download the TFC referral form and the Guide to our Thresholds of Need. 

To make a referral regarding a concern about an adult Designated Officer | Together for Children where you can also download the Designated Officer Consultation Form  

The Early Help Service page Early Help | Together for Children also has some really useful information and downloadable resources to ensure you have the tools available to put support in place. 

Food Safety Choking Prevention

Ensuring children are kept safe within early years settings is a priority and for children under five choking prevention is an important part of this. Tragically, a child dies in the UK every month from choking, and hundreds more require hospital treatment. It can happen quickly and it can happen to anyone.

The Food Standards Agency have issued some useful resources around food safety for children. We would encourage you to display these where food is prepared and served to children, as a helpful reminder of how to minimise the risk of choking

Early Years Choking Hazards Poster: PowerPoint Presentation (foundationyears.org.uk)

Early Years Choking Hazards Table: PowerPoint Presentation (foundationyears.org.uk)

You can also find important messages and links to useful resources regarding keeping children safe whilst eating at: Food safety - Help for early years providers - GOV.UK (education.gov.uk).

Useful links

Sunderland Safeguarding Children Partnership - Home Page (safeguardingchildrensunderland.com)

Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Working together to safeguard children - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Child abuse concerns: guide for practitioners - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Health protection in schools and other childcare facilities - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Keeping children safe in education 2021 (publishing.service.gov.uk)

NSPCC | The UK children's charity | NSPCC 

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