Changes to inspecting safeguarding in early years

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Here is a summary of the main changes to the document ‘Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings‘. This list includes some of the important changes noted in the revised version of August 2016.

The Prevent duty

  • Inspectors will look for evidence that the setting being inspected has a clear approach to implementing the Prevent duty and keeping children safe from the dangers of radicalisation and extremism.

Peer on peer abuse

  • Inspectors will look for evidence that staff, leaders and managers recognise that children are capable of abusing their peers and this risk is covered adequately in their child protection policy.

Safeguarding training for staff

  • There is a new requirement for all staff and leaders to receive regular updates on safeguarding at least annually.

Designated Safeguarding Officer

  • There is a new requirement that there should be a designated member of staff for safeguarding available at all times that the setting is open, for staff to discuss their concerns. This could mean (for smaller settings who currently only have one designated lead) that at least two designated persons are required from now on to ensure cover is available at all times.
  • It has also been stated that designated members of staff should undertake safeguarding training every two years and their knowledge and skills should be refreshed at regular intervals, but at least annually.

Female genital mutilation (FGM)

  • It is a mandatory reporting incident to alert police where FGM appears to have been carried on a girl under the age of 18. A statement covering FGM should be added into your safeguarding policy.

Appropriate protection against harmful online material

  • Inspectors will look for evidence that staff, leaders and managers oversee the safe use of electronic and social media by staff and learners and take action immediately if they are concerned about bullying or risky behaviours.
  • Staff should ensure appropriate filters and monitoring systems are in place to protect children from potentially harmful online material when using technology such as tablets, ipads etc.

Staff behaviour policy

  • Childcare settings normally have a list of policies relating to staff conduct including whistleblowing, performance management, grievances etc. It’s sufficient to keep these as they are (as separate policies) but group them all together to meet the new requirements.

A list of the full amendments can be found here.








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