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1 Early Years Safeguarding Briefing May 15th 9. 30-12
Early Years Safeguarding Briefing May 15th Ceri Mcateer – EY Safeguarding Adviser Tel: This is an information sharing session and does not count as update training

2 Welcome Housekeeping Agenda
Aim of the session: To provide safeguarding updates and information to CP Leads and managers of settings.

3 Kathy Macdonald SBC - Integrated Services Manager

4 An introduction to Assessment using Signs of Safety in Early Years
Opening slide

5 What do you want for the children in your care?

6 What have children told us that they want?
The Every Child matters 5 outcomes…5 responses elicited from a 2 year study with the children and the childrens’ workforce Be safe Be healthy Enjoy and achieve Make a positive contribution Achieve economic well being

7 What we know they need!

8 Assessment What is an Assessment? Why would we do one?

9 When you sense there are problems where do you begin?

10 Beach ball exercise child
Think of a child you are worried about …now think about what it is like to be that school, at home, with different carers Write down behind each arrow what the influences upon their life are Feedback: main domains are parenting and family development of child physically, emotionally, mentally, socially , educationally home and economic environment

11 Congratulations! You have just started an assessment….organising your thoughts and knowledge about a child is where you start Where would you go next to get more information? Parents / other workers.

12 Working with family to find out what the worries are
Helping to draw up an Action Plan that involves everyone Gathering information based on evidence Meet regularly to see what is working: REVIEW

13 SBC: Strengthening Families and A 5 year Implementation Plan
So what is this SOS about? Swindon sbc childrens signed on the dotted line for a full 5 year implementation of the Signs of Safety principles to permeate, pervade and challenge what we do and how we do it so………..

14 Strange you should ask.. Empowering families to make their own changes in order to build resilience and coping strategies Getting the extended family, network of friends and neighbours and the community to support and monitor Reducing the reliance and dependency upon services. The child is at the centre of the assessment and the planning.

15 Hanging in there?

16 So what is coming in? and what is going out?
Training which focuses on ASSESSMENT Paperwork designed to support a Single Assessment Joined up training with the Lscb, covering the transition from Stage 1 assessment through to a child in need and child protection. Training for JOINT FAMILY PLANNING meetings Application workshops Tools to ensure the child/young person is heard and involved The CAF form as we know it. TACs in their traditional sense A culture of services fixing the family Handing families “over” Not conclusive and still evolving… >assessment is not just gathering information. If done properly it enables the child/young person and their family to identify what is going wrong and why. It enable them to visualise what they want in stead. It involves bookends: danger/worry statement and goal statement >one assessment framework joining all children's workers in the process >training which takes us through the stages and thresholds >a new style of meeting which “maps” the child's story and identifies the planning which fits in between the bookend statements. Planning that has a clear time reference

17 What is coming your way? Training about “Signs of Safety”
Training for “Assessment” Training to use the tools for Assessment Support for new Family Meetings

18 SBC - One Children’s Workforce Manager
Ian Durnin Duffy SBC - One Children’s Workforce Manager

19 Safeguarding Training Requirements for EY Settings
CP Leads – Advanced level Training (2 days) updated every 2 years. Other training should include; Safer Recruitment (updated every 5 years), Allegations Conferences and Core Groups. Deputy CP Leads – Foundation plus training (1 day) updated every 2 years All other staff - Child Protection Awareness Training - updated every 3 years Committees – the named person for Safeguarding is advised to attend Child Protection Awareness, Allegations and Safer Recruitment training. An Owner, who is different to the manager, is advised to attend Child Protection Awareness, Allegations and Safer Recruitment training. To book training please visit the Early Years Childcare website at or The Local Safeguarding Children’s Board website at

20 Areas of Responsibility for the Designated Safeguarding Lead in Settings
To have a knowledge of the Government’s statutory guidance eg “Working Together” and “What to do if You’re Worried a Child is being Abused”. To ensure that there is an up to date child protection policy, which is reviewed annually and is known by all staff and volunteers and available to parents. To attend your own safeguarding training and to ensure all staff attend training as recommended by the Local Authority.

21 Areas of Responsibility for the Designated Safeguarding Lead in Settings (continued)
To keep abreast of new information relating to safeguarding and to cascade relevant information to staff To provide support, advice and guidance to staff on any safeguarding issue as required (supervision) To liaise with other agencies eg know who to contact to make a referral, report an allegation etc. To know how the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board(LSCB) operates and the South West Child Protection Procedures (SWCPP)eg relating to allegations, safer recruitment etc.

22 Areas of Responsibility for the Designated Safeguarding Lead in Settings (continued)
To ensure all new staff have induction training covering child protection and safeguarding procedures To organise and manage the keeping of detailed, accurate and secure written child protection records and to ensure they are transferred in line with guidance. To complete annual safeguarding audit.

23 Areas of Responsibility for the Designated Safeguarding Lead in Settings (continued)
To keep Ofsted notified of any Safeguarding issues as necessary. To monitor safeguarding policy and procedures in the setting.

24 With your colleagues on your table, take a couple of minutes to discuss, which part of your role of designated CP lead or deputy you find most challenging

25 Local and National Updates

26 Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013)
The new guidance came into force on April 15th 2013 and replaces the 2010 document. The new guidance streamlines previous guidance documents to clarify the responsibilities of professionals towards safeguarding children and strengthen the focus away from processes onto the needs of the child. The document can be downloaded from;

27 Ofsted Fact Sheet-Records, policies and notification requirements of the EY register (January 2013)
A useful document to check that you are; keeping the regulatory written records for information about children, staff, policies and practices. Keeping Ofsted informed of relevant new/changes to information and informing them of relevant incidents/events within the required timescale.

28 Changes to DBS Checks (26/3/2013)
The Home Office has started the legislative process (subject to agreement by Parliament) so that certain old and minor cautions and convictions will no longer be disclosed on a DBS certificate. The filtering rules which are now before parliament for consideration are:

29 Changes to DBS Checks (Cont.)
An adult conviction will be removed from a criminal record certificate if: 11 years have elapsed since the date of conviction It is the person's only offence and It did not result in a custodial sentence. Even then, it will only be removed if it does not appear on the list of specified offences. If a person has more than one offence, then details of all their convictions will always be included.

30 Changes to DBS Checks (Cont.)
An adult caution will be removed after 6 years have elapsed since the date of the caution and if it does not appear on the list of specified offences. The changes will not come into force until after the legislation has completed its passage through Parliament. Until then, it's business as usual. Further information available at

31 LSCB-Supervision Questionnaire
95 questionnaires circulated - 37 returned. Safeguarding supervision sessions are happening regularly, but mainly on an informal basis. Overwhelming view that safeguarding supervision sessions are useful. Very few managers have attended any supervision training.

32 Supervision Questionnaire - Recommendations
The LSCB will produce some key safeguarding principles (multi-agency). Examples of good practice would be beneficial. All supervision should include safeguarding as necessary LSCB website to include some supervision information The provision of some supervision training which will include safeguarding supervision is to be investigated

33 Transition of Child Protection Records
Transfer within 14 days of child leaving Complete “Transfer of Information Form” Original copy of records retained, photocopy passed on All CP records transferred separately from other records - marked confidential Records passed on face to face, to CP Lead at next setting if possible.

34 Transition of Child Protection Records (continued)
If you are not informed of the next setting but have a CP record, retain records for 5 years If you are not informed of next setting but there is social care involvement, inform the social worker immediately Refer to “EY Guidance for keeping CP records” on for further guidance.

35 Using NSPCC training materials to deliver in-house CP training.
Training the Trainer Using NSPCC training materials to deliver in-house CP training. Monday July 1st -1-4pm

36 A couple of other things…………….

37 Evaluation and EY Questionnaire
Thank you for coming. I hope you have found the session useful. Please fill out an evaluation form and questionnaire before you leave.

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