SAFEGUARDING FOR CHILDMINDERS
‘Safeguarding’ is a broad term which covers everything we do to keep children safe; from the risk assessments we carry out to reduce hazards and prevent accidents to knowing how to respond to concerns about the welfare of a child or how to respond to concerns about professionals looking after children. Safeguarding also includes the Prevent Duty.
The Child Protection Procedures for childminders are contained in the document ‘Child Protection and Safeguarding, Procedure and Guidance for Independent Day Care Providers, attached here. The procedure for responding to allegations against childminders is on page 14 and 15 of this document.
Childminders can attend free Child Protection training – see the ‘Childminding Network CPD’ page.
Bristol Safeguarding Children Board multi- agency training is open to childminders, see here https://www.bristol.gov.uk/policies-plans-strategies/bscb-training-courses
Online Safety/E Safety
For Online Safety/E Safety advice, childminders can use the free, Professionals Online Safety Helpline, provided by the UK Safer Internet Centre
The helpline provides: advice, signposting and mediation to resolve e-safety issues and advice around online harassment, cyberbullying and sexting, both in relation to children’s online safety or for professionals themselves.
For helpful advice on the signs and symptoms of child abuse and the underwear rule – PANTS you can use the NSPCC website
For advice on Online Safety, look at the website of South West Grid for Learning, SWGfL
Use the Online Compass to self-assess the online safety of your setting and create a safer online environment.
Online Safety professionals helpline Tel. 0344 381 4772