Early years safeguarding

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, and 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 2017), which states that:

‘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 2018) (opens in a new window). If concerns about a child's safety or welfare arise providers must notify children's social care services without delay.

We provide a range of services to help you meet regulatory requirements and keep children safe, including safeguarding training, consultancy support in the setting, supervision for DSL’s and evaluation of setting policy and practice.

For more information about these services please contact our Early Years Team: 01905 844048

Who to contact

If you are you worried that a child is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm and needs immediate protection:

  • contact the police on 999 if there is an immediate risk of danger
  • otherwise contact the Family Front Door on 01905 822 666 from Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm (until 4:30pm on a Friday)
  • out of office hours (5.00pm to 8.30am weekdays and all day weekends and bank holidays) contact the Emergency Duty team on 01905 768020

The Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Partnership (WSCP)

The WSCP has responsibility for ensuring that agencies work together effectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children and young people in Worcestershire.


For private, voluntary and independent early years and childcare provider

Download: Multi Agency Levels of Need (PDF) (opens in a new window)

If you need any further support please contact the early years team on 01905 844048 or email EYCC@worcschildrenfirst.org.uk.

Model templates for private, voluntary and independent early years and childcare providers

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