What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is an umbrella term for what we do in order to ensure children are safe from harm. It means the protection of children within your setting from abuse and maltreatment, including child protection, recruitment of suitable people, medication, accidents, illness and emergencies, suitability of the premises and equipment, health and safety. The Early Years Foundation Stage, Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements Section 3 page 21 (3.4) state “providers must be alert to any issues for concern in the child’s life at home or elsewhere. Providers must have and implement a policy and procedures to safeguard children.” Parents want to be able to see that their childcare provider can provide a safe, secure environment for learning and children will learn and thrive at their best when they are healthy, safe and secure, with their individual needs met.

The guidance we follow in our setting?

  • At Toybox, all our staff are fully aware of all safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • Our childcare professionals are trained in child protection and know how to respond to any concerns regarding child protection.
  • The designated safeguarding lead or deputies must be trained in child protection but all childcare professionals must be trained to understand their safeguarding policy and procedures and have up to date knowledge of safeguarding issues.
  • There are four categories of abuse – physical, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect. All of our practitioners at Toybox are trained to understand what the categories of abuse are and what the signs and symptoms are for each.
  • All practitioners at Toybox understand our safeguarding policy and procedures, and all staff have regular training and up to date knowledge of safeguarding issues.
  • At Toybox, we have a duty to follow the local procedure for injuries in non-mobile babies.