A useful update to an original DfeS (remember them!) document from 2008/9 has been published this week. The Guidance for safer working practice 2015 adds some meat to the bones of our Safeguarding responsibilities and perhaps answers some of those ‘what if’ questions that we all have from time to time.
It clearly states it not a statutory document and directs us towards the relevant statutory safeguarding documents, Working Together to Safeguard Children (March 2015) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (July 2015) – how many of your LA Safeguarding Boards insist you follow this despite it not being specific to early years? However, I found it to be quite comprehensive and it covers everyone working with children in early years, schools and beyond. It considers many of the issues we are used to dealing with day to day in early years but also includes some that are not so common. For example – how many of you have a policy that deals with Gifts, rewards, favouritism and exclusion? or one that looks at infatuations and ‘crushes’. It clarifies points to consider in relation to one-to-one working and things like home visits and transporting pupils.
It’s not like we need anything new to read but you might just find it a useful tool to measure everything you do currently have in place. Happy Reading !
About the author: Tricia Wellings
Her passion for and knowledge of owning and running a nursery group and the issues within the sector that affect them is second to none. She continues to keep herself updated through regular meetings with PVI groups, Local Authorities, Ofsted Big Conversation and Conferences.
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