‘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.

Keeping Bristol Safe Partnership (KBSP) multi- agency training is open to childminders, see here


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. 

Useful Documents

What to do in the event of a serious accident – a checklist

Risk Assessment Reviewed 1 September 2016 PDF

Risk Assessment Reviewed September 2016 (Word)

Accident and Emergency Procedure

Lost Child and Uncollected Child Policy

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy (Updated October 21) PDF

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy (Updated October 21) Word

Making a referral to First Response

Recording concerns and creating an ‘individual safeguarding file’

Home Office fact sheet on Female Genital Mutilation

Online learning on FGM, Home Office

BAVA, information for parents about FGM

Female Genital Mutilation Safeguarding Guidance 2017 – 2020

Child Protection and Safeguarding Advice and Guidance for Independent Daycare Providers

Multi-Agency Guidance for Injuries in Non-Mobile Babies March 2016

Multi-Agency Guidance for Injuries in Non-Mobile Babies – Addendum for Early Years March 2016

The Prevent Duty and British Values

E-Learning Training on Prevent

Declaration on disqualification and disqualification by association

Poisonous plants

What to do if you are worried a child is being abused

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

Childminding contacts

 The Childminding Support Team – contact  | Tel 0117 3574192