Early Years and Childcare – EYFS Statutory Guidance 2017
The EYFS Statutory framework 2021 states:
3.4. Providers must be alert to any issues of concern in the child’s life at home or elsewhere. Providers must have and implement a policy, and procedures, to safeguard children. These should be in line with the guidance and procedures of the relevant local safeguarding partners (LSP). The safeguarding policy and procedures must include an explanation of the action to be taken when there are safeguarding concerns about a child and in the event of an allegation being made against a member of staff, and cover the use of mobile phones and cameras in the setting. To safeguard children and practitioners online, providers will find it helpful to refer to ‘Safeguarding children and protecting professionals in early years settings: online safety considerations’.

Safeguarding children and protecting professionals in early years settings: online safety considerations – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

3.5. A practitioner must be designated to take lead responsibility for safeguarding children in every setting. Childminders must take the lead responsibility themselves. The lead practitioner is responsible for liaison with local statutory children’s services agencies, and with the LSP. They must provide support, advice and guidance to any other staff on an ongoing basis, and on any specific safeguarding issue as required. The lead practitioner must attend a child protection training course that enables them to identify, understand and respond appropriately to signs of possible abuse and neglect.

3.6. Providers must train all staff to understand their safeguarding policy and procedures, and ensure that all staff have up to date knowledge of safeguarding issues. Training made available by the provider must enable staff to identify signs of possible abuse and neglect at the earliest opportunity, and to respond in a timely and appropriate way. These may include:

  • significant changes in children’s behaviour
  • deterioration in children’s general well-being
  • unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse or neglect
  • children’s comments which give cause for concern
  • any reasons to suspect neglect or abuse outside the setting, for example in the child’s home or that a girl may have been subjected to (or is at risk of) female genital mutilation and/or
  • inappropriate behaviour displayed by other members of staff, or any other person working with the children, for example: inappropriate sexual comments; excessive one-to-one attention beyond the requirements of their usual role and responsibilities; or inappropriate sharing of images.

Providers may also find ‘What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused: Advice for practitioners’ helpful.

Child abuse concerns: guide for practitioners – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The Local Safeguarding Partnership (LSP) in Suffolk is known as the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership

Home » Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership (suffolksp.org.uk)

Early Inspection Handbook for Ofsted Registered provision (EIF) 

Early years inspection handbook for Ofsted-registered provision – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

In line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (2021) safeguarding and welfare requirements (section 3), childcare providers must take necessary steps to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The designated safeguarding lead (DSL) is the lead practitioner for safeguarding and must attend a child protection training course (3.5), taking advice from the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership (the local safeguarding partnership), or local authority on appropriate training courses. Childminders must take the lead responsibility themselves. We advise that childminders and members of staff in group childcare should receive at least 2 hours safeguarding training, have a good understanding of safeguarding, and regularly renew their learning.

Whilst the EYFS (2021) does not make recommendations in terms of the frequency of safeguarding training, the guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ 2020 states:

All staff should receive appropriate safeguarding and child protection training which is regularly updated. In addition, all staff should receive safeguarding and child protection updates (for example, via email, e-bulletins and staff meetings), as required, and at least annually, to provide them with relevant skills and knowledge to safeguard children effectively.

It is recommended, therefore, that staff are regularly updated with safeguarding issues, policies and procedures during staff meetings, or via email or bulletins. These updates should be recorded in staff training records.

Practitioners undertaking the designated safeguarding lead role should refresh their safeguarding training every two to three years.

When selecting training you must ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership’s (SSP) safeguarding processes and procedures. Suffolk County Council provide training that reflects current SSP procedures:


Early Years Safeguarding Training – Course code: E-SGC or E-SGCinsetting (suitable as an introduction and to refresh your learning). This is provided face-to-face as a venue based or in setting course, see below during COVID-19.

Whilst social-distancing restrictions are in place due to Coronavirus, Early Years practitioners can access the alternative e-learning module through the Multi-Agency channel via Suffolk CPD https://multiagency.suffolkcpd.co.uk/ Course code: M-ESGC2020

Early Years Designated Safeguarding Lead: Roles and Responsibilities – Course Code: E-RAR (venue) or E-RARV (virtual classroom). This course is for safeguarding leads, their deputies and childminders. This is provided face-to-face in a venue (1 full day) or virtually (3 x 2 hr sessions over 3 consecutive days).

Early Years Designated Safeguarding Lead Forums – Course code: E-DSLFV – for safeguarding leads, their deputies and childminders. The virtual forums take place bi-annually and provide a varied range of safeguarding topics to support the CPD of designated safeguarding leads.

Safer Recruitment practice for Early Years and Childcare Settings – Course code: E-SRV – is specifically for managers, leaders and relevant committee members involved in the recruitment of staff. This webinar is delivered virtually.

Signs of Safety Awareness session for Early Years practitioners this course is available virtually or in setting Virtual Course Code: E-SOSV or In-Setting Course code: E-SOSVinsetting – the course introduces practitioners to the Signs of Safety framework and approach used in Suffolk.

To book any of the above training, please go to the Early Years and Childcare channel on Suffolk CPD https://www.suffolkcpd.co.uk/cpd/