SAFEGUARDING FOR CHILDMINDERS

Introduction

 

‘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

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/professionals-online-safety-helpline

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. 

Childminding contacts

 The Childminding Support Team – contact cmsupport@bristol.gov.uk  | Tel 0117 3574192