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Responsibilities of the safeguarding designated lead

Safeguarding children is a key element within the regulation of childcare provision.

All early years settings must nominate a senior member of staff as the designated safeguarding lead. It is good practice to also have a Deputy. Urgent concerns must be reported immediately even if the designated safeguarding lead is not available.

The designated safeguarding lead will:

  • refer suspected abuse or neglect of children and young people to SPA
  • report allegations made against members of staff to the local authority designated officer through SPA (this is known as the duty to refer)
  • develop and update child protection and other safeguarding policies ensuring staff are made aware of their responsibilities and families are familiar with how to raise a concern
  • ensure that confidential records are kept of any concerns about a child or young person and of any conversation or referrals to statutory agencies
  • provide support, guidance, and advice for any staff member, volunteer or student with a safeguarding or child protection concern 
  • ensure safeguarding training is up-to-date and cascaded following the Kingston and Richmond Safeguarding Children Partnership (KRSCP) recommended training requirements  
  • ensure all staff has access to ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ July 2018’ and ‘What to do if you are worried about a child being abused” 2015
  • ensure all staff have understood and read the settings safeguarding policies and procedures 
Safeguarding Policy

Providers must have and implement a policy, and procedures, to safeguard children. These should be in line with the guidance and procedures from the KRSCP (3.4 p21).
What must be included in the policy:

  • Action to be taken when there are safeguarding concerns about a child
  • Allegations being made against a member of staff (Include mention of LADO)
  • Use of mobile phones and cameras in the setting

Additional information to consider including:

  • responsibilities of the setting
  • named Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • contact details for SPA 
  • contact details for Ofsted/CMA
  • seeking consent from parents/carers
  • E Safety/security
  • types of abuse
  • Prevent duty
  • FGM
  • whistleblowing
  • date policy written and date to review policy

Things to consider when writing your safeguarding policy:

  • it must meet the requirements of the EYFS 
  • make it specific to your setting
  • make it clear so you can follow the procedure if you have a safeguarding concern 
  • include staff when writing your policy 
  • update when necessary, for example after training or when legislation or guidance changes
  • otherwise review annually
  • share with parents and all staff members

Training requirements Kingston and Richmond Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (opens a new window)

  • all staff should complete online safeguarding training level 1 as a minimum requirement
  • designated safeguarding lead and deputy - complete KRSCP Shared Responsibility level 2 and KRSCP Child Protection Processors level 3
  • complete any level 3 safeguarding training at least every 3 years
  • providers should keep their safeguarding knowledge current by attending other safeguarding training opportunities and forums being delivered by the KRSCP.