On this page childcare providers will find information, advice and guidance on safeguarding in early years:
Providers are advised that in situations where a different explanation of an injury or mark is provided by a parent/carer to that of a child, a call should always be made to First Response (Option 2 on the IVR). Providers should record the date, time, name of the person they spoke to and response provided.
Phone: 0800 1313 126
Emergency out of hours: 0345 604 2886
Fax: (01785) 854223
First Response Team
Staffordshire County Council
If as a result of an accident a child in your care receives a serious injury on your premises, then the relevant internal processes should be followed.
The Early Years Foundation Stage April 2017 – page 28, 3.51 states:
‘Providers must notify local child protection agencies of any serious accident or injury to, or the death of, any child while in their care, and must act on any advice from those agencies.’
Therefore, a call to First Response or Stoke-on-Trent Referral team is required and advice will be given as to next steps. For the purpose of this policy and procedure, a serious injury is defined as any injury that results in emergency care being sought.
If the child’s injuries happen as a result of an action or act of omission by a member of staff, then contact must be made with the LADO. The LADO can be contacted via First Response or Stoke-on-Trent Referral Team (the number is as listed above).
In any instances where a provider is faced with complex circumstances which are not straightforward and is considering whether to make a referral to First Response, a call can be made to the Education Safeguarding Advice Service (ESAS) for further guidance and support.
Staffordshire County Council (SCC) in conjunction with Staffordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board (SSCB) and Entrust have produced a safeguarding self-assessment tool for childcare providers. The audit tool is now a working document and providers are urged to print out this document and start working through it in their assessments.
In any instances where a provider is faced with complex circumstances which is not straightforward and is considering whether to make a referral to First Response, a call can be made to the Education Safeguarding Advice Service (ESAS) for further guidance and support.
Available training sessions relating to safeguarding