Child Protection and Safeguarding - Early Years

This toolkit has been developed to support you in working together with others to safeguard and promote children's welfare. It is relevant to everyone working in childcare.

Safeguarding children is much wider than "Child Protection". The Government have defined the term "safeguarding children" as:

'The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.'
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In this toolkit we will look at child protection strategies and ways we can help to safeguard and promote children's welfare. This toolkit includes a number of documents that are designed to support you in building a comprehensive safeguarding policy and procedure for your provision. It should help to ensure that you have taken all necessary steps to help safeguard the children in your care, and that you know what steps to follow should you become concerned.

We have tried to make sure that the information in this toolkit is generic and will be useful to all providers, but we do recognise that there are some inherent differences between early years providers. If you are unsure as to which documents are relevant to you, please contact the Families Information Service (01609 533483).

Please find safeguarding audit tools to help assess your practice in order to meet the statutory duties of Section 3 - The Safeguarding and Welfare requirements of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017).  The safeguarding audits are self assessment tools designed to help ensure you have the necessary policies and procedures in place.  Key documents you should have knowledge of are:

  • Prevent Duty for England and Wales 2015
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018
  • Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years, Education and Skills Settings 2018
  • What to do if you're worried a child is being abused : Guidance for Practitioners

Guidance for Safe Working Practice for the Protection of Children and Staff in Early Years Settings

Procedures and Guidance with regard to managing allegations against staff. along with a leaflet to advise staff subject to an allegation can be found on the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Board website


The following link takes you to the training North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board (NYSCB) training calendar: this is updated regularly so please check back to see if there any new courses added.

The most recent additions are:

Preventing Violent Extremism - NCALT  FREE Channel/Prevent General Awareness E-Learning Module

NCALT are offering free e-learning which includes information on how Channel links to the government's counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST) through the Prevent strategy. It also provides guidance on how to identify people who may be vulnerable to radicalization and how to refer them into the Channel programme. There are case studies to help you understand the process of identifying and referring vulnerable individuals, in addition to providing you with support.

You can access the e-leaning by clicking on the website below and simply pressing CTRL+ click or copy and paste it into your internet browser.

and the Child Sexual Exploitation E-Learning Module:

The NYSCB is pleased to announce the launch a new online learning solution, the 'LSCB Introductory Course on Child Sexual Exploitation'.  This online learning has been produced in conjunction with Barnardo's and will provide an overview of what Child Sexual Exploitation is, the signs, symptoms, vulnerabilities and responsibilities.

This online learning is for multi-agency frontline practitioners and managers working with children, young people and families.

To complete this e-learning course, please login via the Learning Zone.

According to the new Ofsted guidance Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings June 2015:

"staff, leaders, governors and supervisory bodies (where appropriate) and volunteers receive appropriate training on safeguarding that is updated regularly and know their responsibilities with respect to the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults"

staff are supported to have a good awareness of the signs that a child or learner is being neglected or abused, as described in 'What to do if you're worried a child is being abused'19

there is a designated senior member of staff in charge of safeguarding arrangements who has been trained to the appropriate level and understands their responsibilities with respect to the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults and the safeguarding of all learners...."

So it is important that all staff have a through awareness of their responsibilities with regard to safeguarding.


The North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board (NYSCB) has a wealth of information and guidance to support you with safeguarding and child protection, which is updated regularly so please ensure that you frequently visit this website:

There are also regular safeguarding updates within the monthly key messages: and within the early years setting leadership forums held each term."

Useful Downloads

Early Years Providers Safeguarding Audit Tool

Early Years Childminders Safeguarding Audit Tool

Single Central Record

Regulated Activity

Supervision Guidance

NYCC Guide to Writing a Safeguarding Policy

Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Those Working with Children and Young People in Education Settings - May 2019