Safeguarding is Everyone's Business
Early years and childcare practitioners are in
a unique position to observe changes in a child's behaviour or
appearance which give rise to concern about their
Section 40 of the Childcare Act 2006 places a
duty on early years providers to comply with the safeguarding and
welfare requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (DfE
Providers must take all necessary steps to
keep children safe and well and have regard for the statutory
'Working Together to Safeguard Children' (DfE 2013) (External
Website). If concerns about a child's safety or welfare arise
providers must notify children's social care services without
Who to contact
In Worcestershire the Children's Services Access Centre is the
point of contact for Children's Services Social Care.
All enquiries and referrals regarding safeguarding concerns or
possible child protection issues should be made to the Access
Centre using the contact numbers below:
Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5.00 pm 01905 768054
Evenings and weekends 01905 768020
Worcestershire Safeguarding and Child Protection Guidance for
Private, Voluntary and Independent Early Years and Childcare
Providers. View the Yellow Folder.
The Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB)
The WSCB has responsibility for ensuring that agencies work
together effectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of all
children and young people in Worcestershire. Partner agencies
include Children's Services, health, police, probation, district
councils and the NSPCC. See the Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board
Quick links to additional Safeguarding Guidance
Ofsted inspects and
regulates services which care for children and young people, and
those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.
The Department for Education
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This page was last reviewed 23 September 2014 at 13:25.
The page is next due for review 21 March 2016.