Safeguarding – what you need to know

It is the expectation that all providers have a sound understanding of safeguarding children and child protection.

Introduction

Here you will find local and national guidance and information to support you in meeting your statutory duties. Leicester’s Safeguarding Children Partnership Board (LSCPB) and HM Government publications can be found via the links included on this page.

LSCBP training priorities for Leicester City 2021*:

  • Child mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Domestic abuse and child safeguarding
  • Safeguarding babies
  • Risks outside of the home/Contextual safeguarding
  • Safeguarding children from diverse backgrounds

*as defined by the LLR Multi-agency Training Group

Having an awareness of the city’s safeguarding priorities is integral to your safeguarding practice, ensuring that you are conscious of local issues and the part you play in safeguarding the city’s children.

To support providers in embedding the priorities into practice, links have been made within all of Leicester’s quality improvement tools including the relevant QIP framework subsections and Q cardsYou will find the priority highlighted within the tools, allowing you to reflect on your existing understanding and build on your knowledge.

The Q card index has also been updated with a key to identify where links have been made between individual cards and the LSCPB training priorities.

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

All early years providers are required to have a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

As the designated lead, you are responsible for ensuring that all safeguarding concerns are appropriately managed, that staff feel supported in their safeguarding practice, that your settings safeguarding policies and procedures are up to date and are being effectively implemented.

Whilst this is not an exhaustive list of the tasks linked to the role of the DSL, it illustrates how far the scope of responsibilities stretch. For more information on what is expected of a DSL, see the Education Inspection Framework and EYFS statutory framework.

To ensure that you are a competent and confident DSL, it is strongly advised that you schedule time in your calendar (as frequently as you consider necessary) to explore the Local Safeguarding Children Partnership Board (LSCPB) website. There is a wealth of information available relevant to your role and being skilled in navigating the website and familiarising yourself with the content, will only improve your practice as a DSL. Not only will you keep your knowledge and understanding up to date, you will be better equipped to support your team (they too should often explore the site to keep themselves up to date), children, and their families.