Working Together to Safeguard Children (opens a new window) sets out the statutory functions under the 1989 and 2004 Children’s Acts that place duties in relation to children in need and children suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm.
Keeping children safe in education (opens a new window) Statutory guidance on what schools and colleges should do and sets out legal duties with which they must comply when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Prevent Duty Guidance (opens a new window) All schools and childcare providers must have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism. The Prevent duty defines terminology relating to terrorism as the following.
Radicalisation: the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism. Find out more about safeguarding people who may be susceptible to radicalisation on the ACT Early website (opens a new window).
Extremism: vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
Local and National non-statutory Guidance:
Early Years Safeguarding and Child Protection Booklet (opens a new window) This guidance is aimed at all childcare providers working with children and young adults in Kingston and Richmond. It sets out the statutory responsibilities and guidance with regard to safeguarding children and child protection. It provides information needed to support settings alongside their own safeguarding policies and procedures, including links to all relevant documentation and current legislation.
KRSCP Child Neglect Toolkit (opens a new window) has been developed to assist all practitioners to analyse and assess situations of possible neglect.
Bruising is the most common visible feature of physical abuse, so bruising on a child of any age is a cause for enquiry and concern. This document is a protocol for the assessment, management and referral of concerns.
Parental drug problems are generally associated with neglect that results in the parent’s inability to organise their own or their children’s lives, as well as being unable to meet the child’s needs for safety and basic care. If you have reason to believe that a parent may be misusing drugs or alcohol then you should make contact with either Kingston or Richmond wellbeing services.
Ofsted Inspecting safeguarding in early years (opens a new window) This Ofsted guidance sets out the key points inspectors need to consider when inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings. Where the expectations in the ‘Inspecting safeguarding in the early years, education and skills settings’ differ from those set out in the EYFS, settings should follow the EYFS requirements.
What to do if you're worried a child is being abused: Advice for practitioners (opens a new window) has been produced to help practitioners identify child abuse and neglect and take appropriate action in response. It complements the ‘Working together to safeguard children’ (2018) statutory guidance.
Information Sharing (opens a new window) Non-statutory guidance to support practitioners in the decisions they take when sharing information to reduce the risk of harm to children and young people.
Safeguarding children and protecting professionals in early years settings online safety considerations (opens a new window) Guidance to help those who work in early years settings consider their practice and to take steps to safeguard both children and adults online.
The Serious Violence strategy (opens a new window) is centred on tackling county lines and misuse of drugs, early intervention and prevention.
KRSCP Safer Recruitment Guidance (opens a new window) covers standards and guidance and minimum expectations for organisations who work with children and young people.
NSPCC Safer Recruitment (opens a new window) Information about how to set up and review safe recruitment processes.
The London Safeguarding Partnership (opens a new window) offers advice and guidance to local safeguarding children partnerships and provides a range of useful information and resources.
Stop it now (opens a new window) is a child sexual abuse prevention campaign. It offers information, education and training and runs a confidential helpline. Phone: 0808 1000 900.
Anti-bullying Alliance (opens a new window) A coalition of organisations and individuals, working together to stop bullying and create safer environments for children and young people. Provides a wide range of information and resources.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) (opens a new window) is a charity campaigning and working in child protection. They help children who have been abused to rebuild their lives, protect children at risk, and find the best ways of preventing child abuse. Leaflets and posters available to download. In addition they provide advice on safer recruitment.
Childline (opens a new window) for support and advice for children.