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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 well-being. 

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 2012).

Providers must take all necessary steps to keep children safe and well and have regard for the statutory guidance '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 delay.

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

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Worcestershire Safeguarding and Child Protection Guidance for Private, Voluntary and Independent Early Years and Childcare Providers. View the Yellow Folder.

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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 (WSCB) website.

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External websites

  • Ofsted
    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.