Policy 1.3 – Safeguarding Children – Child Protection Procedures

Safeguarding and Welfare Requirement: Child Protection

Provider must have and implement a policy, and procedures, to safeguard children.

Safeguarding and Child Protection

 1.3 Safeguarding Children – Child Protection Procedures

(Including managing allegations of abuse against a member of staff)

This policy includes:

  • Key commitment 1 – Roles and Responsibilities
  • Key commitment 2 – Child Protection Procedures
  • Key commitment 3 – Training and Support

 This policy has additional supporting information and guidance:

  • Annex 1 – Safeguarding and Child Protection Roles and Responsibilities
  • Annex 2 – Overview of Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures
  • Annex 3 – Flowchart for child protection procedures
  • Annex 4 – Child Protection Concerns Form
  • Annex 5 – Safeguarding Recording Form
  • Annex 6 – Skin Map
  • Annex 7 – Dealing with disclosures including the Seven Rs
  • Annex 8 – Allegations against Adults who work with Children
  • Annex 9 – Briefing Sheet for Bank Staff and Volunteers
  • Annex 10 – What is child abuse?
  • Annex 11 – Brook sexual behaviours traffic light tool

 (This policy should be read in conjunction with the preschool’s Policy 1.2 Safeguarding Children – Guidance and Information and Staff Handbook including the Code of Conduct)

Policy statement

Acorns pre-preschool will work with children, parents and the community to ensure the rights and safety of children to give them the very best start in life.  Everyone in the group has a responsibility for child protection issues.

We provide Staff with the framework to promote and safeguard the wellbeing of children and in so doing ensure they meet their statutory responsibilities.  We demonstrate our commitment to protecting children by ensuring consistent good practice across the preschool.

  • We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children.
  • We make every effort to provide a safe and welcoming environment underpinned by a culture of openness where both children and adults feel secure, able to talk and believe that they are being listened to.
  • We maintain an attitude of “it could happen here” where safeguarding is concerned.
  • The purpose of this policy is to provide staff, volunteers and governors with the framework they need in order to keep children safe and secure in our pre-preschool and to inform parents and guardians how we will safeguard their children whilst they are in our care.
  • Specific guidance is available to staff within the procedure documents

We use Gov.UK Safeguarding Children for supporting information and guidance to bolster and implement this policy.

EYFS key themes and commitments

A Unique Child Positive Relationships Enabling Environments Learning and Development
1.3 Keeping safe 2.1 Respecting each other

2.2 Parents as partners

3.4 The wider context 4.4 Personal, social and emotional development


If you think a child is at immediate risk of significant harm phone

Hampshire Children’s Services: 0300 555 1384   – Out of hours 0300 555 1373

Or Police – 101 (999 if an emergency

 Children Social Care Professional Helpline  – Tel:  01329 225379


Within this document:

Child Protection is an aspect of safeguarding, but is focused on how we respond to children who have been significantly harmed or are at risk of significant harm.

The term Staff applies to all those working for or on behalf of the school, full time or part time, in either a paid or voluntary capacity. This also includes parents and directors.

Child refers to all young people who have not yet reached their 18 birthday. On the whole, this will apply to pupils of our school; however the policy will extend to visiting children and students from other establishments

Parent refers to birth parents and other adults in a parenting role for example adoptive parents, step parents, guardians and foster carers.

Abuse could mean neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse or any combination of these. Parents, carers and other people can harm children either by direct acts and / or failure to provide proper care.  Explanations of these are given within the procedure document.

Principles and Values

  • Children have a right to feel secure and cannot learn effectively unless they do so.
  • All children regardless of age, gender, race, ability, sexuality, religion, culture or language have a right to be protected from harm.
  • All staff have a key role in prevention of harm and an equal responsibility to act on any suspicion or disclosure that may indicate a child is at risk of harm, either in prepreschool or in the community, taking into accunt contextual safeguarding, in accordance with the guidance.
  • We acknowledge that working in partnership with other agencies protects children and reduces risk and so we will engage in partnership working throughout the child protection process to safeguard children.
  • Whilst the prepreschool will work openly with parents as far as possible, the prepreschool reserves the right to contact Children’s Social Care or the police, without notifying parents if this is believed to be in the child’s best interests.


We carry out the following procedures to ensure we meet three key commitments, which we use to guide us when responding to child protection concerns.

Key commitment 1 – Roles and Responsibilities

Our pre-preschool is committed to building a ‘culture of safety’ in which children are protected from abuse and harm in all areas of our service delivery.

We recognise that staff anxiety around child protection can undermine good practice and so have established clear lines of accountability, training and advice to support the process and individual staff within that process.

Any individual can contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) if they have concerns about a young person.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (a member of senior management) who co-ordinates child protection issues is;

Heather Page – Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

When the setting is open, but the designated person is not on site a suitably trained deputy is available at all times for staff to discuss safeguarding concerns, our deputy is;

Karen Heaton – Designated Safeguarding Lead Deputy (Deputy DSL)

Our designated coordinator (manager) who oversees this work is;

Liz Gaida – Manager, supported by Jennifer Lampard – First Director

 The designated person, the suitably trained deputy and the designated officer ensure they have relevant links with statutory and voluntary organisations with regard to safeguarding.

  • The designated person (and the person who deputises for them) understands LSCB safeguarding procedures, attends relevant LSCB training at least every two years and refreshes their knowledge of safeguarding at least annually.
  • All staff have an up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding issues, are alert to potential indicators and signs of abuse and neglect and understand their professional duty to ensure safeguarding and child protection concerns are reported to the local authority children’s social care team or the NSPCC. They receive updates on safeguarding at least annually.
  • All staff are confident to ask questions in relation to any safeguarding concerns and know not to just take things at face value but can be respectfully sceptical.
  • All staff understand the principles of early help (as defined in Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2015) and are able to identify those children and families who may be in need of early help and enable them to access it.
  • All staff understand LSCB thresholds of significant harm and understand how to access services for families, including for those families who are below the threshold for significant harm.
  • All staff understand their responsibilities under the General Data Protection Regulations and the circumstances under which they may share information about you and your child with other agencies.
  • All staff understand how to escalate their concerns in the event that they feel either the local authority and/or their own organisation has not acted adequately to safeguard.
  • All staff understand what the organisation expects of them in terms of their required behaviour and conduct, and follow our policies and procedures on positive behaviour, online safety (including use of mobile phones), whistleblowing and dignity at work.
  • Children have a key person to build a relationship with, and are supported to articulate any worries, concerns or complaints that they may have in an age appropriate way.
  • All staff understand our policy on promoting positive behaviour and follow it in relation to children showing aggression towards other children.
  • Adequate and appropriate staffing resources are provided to meet the needs of children.
  • Applicants for posts within the setting are clearly informed that the positions are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
  • Enhanced criminal records and barred lists checks and other suitability checks are carried out for staff and volunteers prior to their post being confirmed, to ensure that no disqualified person or unsuitable person works at the setting or has access to the children.
  • Where applications are rejected based on information disclosed, applicants have the right to know and to challenge incorrect information.
  • Enhanced criminal records and barred lists checks are carried out on anyone living or working on the premises.
  • Volunteers must:
    • be aged 17 or over;
    • be considered competent and responsible;
    • receive a robust induction and regular supervisory meetings;
    • be familiar with all the settings policies and procedures;
    • be fully checked for suitability if they are to have unsupervised access to the children at any time.
  • Information is recorded about staff qualifications, and the identity checks and vetting processes that have been completed including:
  • the criminal records disclosure reference number;
  • certificate of good conduct or equivalent where a UK DBS check is not appropriate;
  • the date the disclosure was obtained; and
  • details of who obtained it.
  • All staff and volunteers are informed that they are expected to disclose any convictions, cautions, court orders or reprimands and warnings which may affect their suitability to work with children (whether received before or during their employment with us).
  • All staff and volunteers are required to notify us if anyone in their household (including family members, lodgers, partners etc.) has any relevant convictions, cautions, court orders, reprimands or warnings or has been barred from, or had registration refused or cancelled in relation to any childcare provision or have had orders made in relation to care of their children.
  • We notify the Disclosure and Barring Service of any person who is dismissed from our employment or resigns in circumstances that would otherwise have led to dismissal for reasons of a child protection concern.
  • Procedures are in place to record the details of visitors to the setting.
  • Security steps are taken to ensure that we have control over who comes into the setting so that no unauthorised person has unsupervised access to the children.
  • Steps are taken to ensure children are not photographed or filmed on video for any other purpose than to record their development or their participation in events organised by us. Parents sign a consent form and have access to records holding visual images of their child.
  • Any personal information is held securely and in line with data protection requirements and guidance from the ICO.
  • The designated person in the setting has responsibility for ensuring that there is an adequate online safety policy in place.
  • We keep a written record of all complaints and concerns including details of how they were responded to.
  • We ensure that robust risk assessments are completed, that they are seen and signed by all relevant staff and that they are regularly reviewed and updated, in line with our health and safety policy.
  • The designated officer will support the designated person to undertake their role adequately and offer advice, guidance, supervision and support.
  • The designated person will inform the designated officer at the first opportunity of every significant safeguarding concern, however this should not delay any referrals being made to children’s social care, the LADO, Ofsted or RIDDOR.

Key commitment 2 – Child Protection Procedures

Our pre-preschool is committed to responding promptly and appropriately to all incidents or concerns of abuse that may occur and to work with statutory agencies in accordance with the procedures that set down in ‘What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused’ (HMG 2006).  If a child comes into the setting with an obvious new injury or bruise we have a discussion with the parents/carers about it and record it in our Existing Injuries Log and Review Book which the parents sign, this is reviewed on a regular basis by Our Lead Practitioner:  Safeguarding, however we understand that children injure and bruises themselves during play and that it is a part of growing up.

The prime concern at all stages must be the interests and safety of the child.  Where there is a conflict of interest between the child and an adult, the interests of the child must be paramount.

All staff are aware of the guiding principles, the seven R’s;

  • Receive
  • Reassure
  • Respond
  • Report
  • Record
  • Remember
  • Review

this is the framework which underpins our approach to Child Protection procedures.  For full guidance see Annex 4.

Responding to suspicions of abuse

  • We acknowledge that abuse of children can take different forms – physical, emotional, sexual, as well as neglect.
  • When children are suffering from physical, sexual or emotional abuse, or may be experiencing neglect, this may be demonstrated through
  • significant changes in their behaviour;
  • deterioration in their general well-being;
  • their comments which may give cause for concern, or the things they say (direct or indirect disclosure);
  • changes in their appearance, their behaviour, or their play;
  • unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse or neglect; and
  • any reason to suspect neglect or abuse outside the setting
  • non attendience of prepreschool including;
    • repeat absence
    • unexplained absence
    • sudden withdrawal from setting
  • We understand that we must treat information with confidentiality but never promise to “keep a secret”.
  • We are aware of the ‘hidden harm’ agenda concerning parents with drug and alcohol problems and consider other factors affecting parental capacity and risk, such as social exclusion, domestic violence, radicalisation, mental or physical illness and parent’s learning disability.
  • We are aware that children’s vulnerability is potentially increased when they are privately fostered and when we know that a child is being cared for under a private fostering arrangement, we inform our local authority children’s social care team.
  • We are prepared to take action if we have concerns about the welfare of a child who fails to arrive at a session when expected. The designated person will take immediate action to contact the child’s parent to seek an explanation for the child’s absence and be assured that the child is safe and well. If no contact is made with the child’s parents and the designated person has reason to believe that the child is at risk of significant harm, the relevant professionals are contacted immediately and LSCB procedures are followed. If the child has current involvement with social care the social worker is notified on the day of the unexplained absence.
  • We are aware of other factors that affect children’s vulnerability that may affect, or may have affected, children and young people using our provision, such as abuse of children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities; fabricated or induced illness; child abuse linked to beliefs in spirit possession; sexual exploitation of children, including through internet abuse; Female Genital Mutilation and radicalisation or extremism.
  • In relation to radicalisation and extremism, we follow the Prevent Duty guidance for England and Wales published by the Home Office and LSCB procedures on responding to radicalisation.
  • The designated person completes online Channel training, online Prevent training and attends local WRAP training where available to ensure they are familiar with the local protocol and procedures for responding to concerns about radicalisation.
  • We are aware of the mandatory duty that applies to teachers, including early years practitioners, and health workers to report cases of Female Genital Mutilation to the police.
  • We also make ourselves aware that some children and young people are affected by gang activity, by complex, multiple or organised abuse, through forced marriage or honour based violence or may be victims of child trafficking. While this may be less likely to affect young children in our care, we may become aware of any of these factors affecting older children and young people who we may come into contact with.
  • Where we believe that a child in our care or that is known to us may be affected by any of these factors we follow the procedures below for reporting child protection concerns.
  • Where such evidence is apparent, the child’s key person makes a dated record of the details of the concern and discusses what to do with the member of staff who is acting as the designated person. The information is stored on the child’s personal file.
  • In the event that a staff member or volunteer is unhappy with the decision made of the designated person in relation to whether to make a safeguarding referral they must follow escalation procedures.
  • [We/I] refer concerns to the local authority children’s social care team and co-operate fully in any subsequent investigation. NB In some cases this may mean the police or another agency identified by the Local Safeguarding Children Board.
  • We take care not to influence the outcome either through the way they speak to children or by asking questions of children.
  • We take account of the need to protect young people aged 16-19 as defined by the Children Act 1989. This may include students or preschool children on work placement, young employees or young parents. Where abuse is suspected we follow the procedure for reporting any other child protection concerns. The views of the young person will always be taken into account, but the setting may override the young person’s refusal to consent to share information if it feels that it is necessary to prevent a crime from being committed or intervene where one may have been, or to prevent harm to a child or adult. Sharing confidential information without consent is done only where not sharing it could be worse than the outcome of having shared it.
  • All staff are also aware that adults can also be vulnerable and know how to refer adults who are in need of community care services.
  • We have a whistleblowing policy in place.
  • Staff/volunteers know they can contact the organisation Public Concern at Work for advice relating to whistleblowing; if they feel that the organisation has not acted adequately in relation to safeguarding they can contact the NSPCC whistleblowing helpline.

Recording suspicions of abuse and disclosures

The recording forms necessary are Annexes to this policy:

  • Annex 2 – Child Protection Concerns Form
  • Annex 3 – Safeguarding Recording Form
  • Annex 4 – Skin Map
  • Where a child makes comments to a member of staff that gives cause for concern (disclosure), or a member of staff observes signs or signals that gives cause for concern, such as significant changes in behaviour; deterioration in general well-being; unexplained bruising, marks or signs of possible abuse or neglect that member of staff:
  • listens to the child, offers reassurance to the child and gives assurance that she or he will take action;
  • does not question the child, although it is OK to ask questions for the purposes of clarification;
  • make an accurate written record that forms an objective record of the observation or disclosure that includes;
    • the date and time of the observation or disclosure;
    • the exact words spoken by the child, as far as possible;
    • the name of the person to whom the concern was reported, with date and time;
    • and the names of any other person present at the time.
  • These records are signed and dated and kept in the child’s personal file which is kept securely and confidentially.
  • The member of staff acting as the designated person is informed of the issue at the earliest opportunity, and always within one working day.
  • Where the Local Safeguarding Children Board or local safeguarding partners procedures stipulates the process for recording and sharing concerns, we include those procedures alongside this procedure and follow the steps set down by the Local Safeguarding Children Board.

Making a referral to the local authority social care team

  • The Pre-preschool Learning Alliance’s publication Safeguarding Children contains procedures to help in making a referral to the local children’s social care team, as well as template forms for recording concerns and to assist with making a referral.
  • [We/I] keep a copy of this document alongside the procedures for recording and reporting set down by our Local Safeguarding Children Board, which [we/I] follow where local procedures differ from those of the Pre-preschool Learning Alliance.

N.B. The exception to this process will be in those cases of known FGM where there is a mandatory requirement for the pre-preschool to report directly to the police.

 Escalation process

  • If [I/we] feel that a referral made has not been dealt with properly or that concerns are not being addressed or responded to, we will follow the LSCB escalation process.
  • We will ensure that staff are aware of how to escalate concerns.
  • We will follow local procedures published by the LSCB or safeguarding partners to resolve professional disputes.

 Informing parents

  • Parents are normally the first point of contact. Concerns are normally discussed with parents to gain their view of events, unless it is felt that this may put the child or other person at risk, or may interfere with the course of a police investigation, or may unduly delay the referral, or unless it is otherwise unreasonable to seek consent. Advice will be sought from social care, or in some circumstances police, where necessary.
  • We inform parents when we make a record of concerns in their child’s file and that we also make a note of any discussion we have with them regarding a concern.
  • If a suspicion of abuse warrants referral to social care, parents are informed at the same time that the referral will be made, except where the guidance of the Local Safeguarding Children Board  (LSCB) does not allow this if there are situations where this may not be possible or appropriate, for example, where it is believed that the child may be placed in greater danger.
  • This will usually be in the case where the parent is the likely abuser or where sexual abuse may have occurred.
  • If there is a possibility that advising a parent beforehand may place a child at greater risk (or interfere with a police response) the designated person should consider seeking advice from children’s social care, about whether or not to advise parents beforehand, and should record and follow the advice given.

 Liaison with other agencies

  • We work within the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) guidelines.
  • We have a copy of ‘What to do if you are worried a child is being abused’ available for parents and staff, and ensure all staff are familiar with what they need to do if they have concerns.
  • We have procedures for contacting the local authority on child protection issues and concerns about children’s welfare, including maintaining a list of names, addresses and telephone numbers of social workers, to ensure that it is easy, in any emergency, for the pre-preschool and children’s social services to work well together.
  • We notify the registration authority (Ofsted) of any incident or accident, and any changes in our arrangements which may affect the wellbeing of children or where an allegation of abuse is made against a member of staff (whether the allegations relate to harm or abuse committed on our premises or elsewhere). Notifications to Ofsted are made as soon as is reasonably practicable, but at the latest within 14 days of the allegations being made.
  • Contact details for the local National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) contacts are also kept.

Allegations against staff and persons in position of trust

  • [We/I] work within the Local Safeguarding Children Board/Local Safeguarding Partners guidelines.
  • The current version of ‘What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused’ is available for parents and staff and all staff are familiar with what they need to do if they have concerns.
  • [We/I] have procedures for contacting the local authority regarding child protection issues and concerns about children’s welfare, including maintaining a list of names, addresses and telephone numbers of social workers, to ensure that it is easy, in any emergency, for the setting and children’s social care to work well together.
  • [We/I] notify Ofsted of any incident or accident and any changes in our arrangements which may affect the well-being of children or where an allegation of abuse is made against a member of staff (whether the allegations relate to harm or abuse committed on our premises or elsewhere). Notifications to Ofsted are made as soon as is reasonably practicable, but at the latest within 14 days of the allegations being made.
  • Contact details for the local National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) are also kept.

 Allegations against staff and persons in position of trust

  • We ensure that all parents know how to complain about the behaviour or actions of staff or volunteers within the setting, or anyone living or working on the premises occupied by the setting, which may include an allegation of abuse.
  • We ensure that all staff volunteers and anyone else working in the setting knows how to raise concerns that they may have about the conduct or behaviour of other people including staff/colleagues.
  • We differentiate between allegations, and concerns about the quality of care or practice and complaints and have a separate process for responding to complaints.
  • We respond to any inappropriate behaviour displayed by members of staff, volunteer or any other person living or working on the premises, which includes:
    • inappropriate sexual comments;
    • excessive one-to-one attention beyond the requirements of their usual role and responsibilities, or inappropriate sharing of images
  • We will recognise and respond  to allegations that a person who works with children has:
    • behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or may have harmed a child
    • possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child
    • behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children
  • We respond to any concerns raised by staff and volunteers who know how to escalate their concerns if they are not satisfied with our response
  • We respond to any disclosure by children or staff that abuse by a member of staff or volunteer within the setting, or anyone living or working on the premises occupied by the setting, may have taken, or is taking place, by first recording the details of any such alleged incident.
  • We refer any such complaint immediately to a senior manager within the organisation and the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) as necessary to investigate and/or offer advice:  Full contact details are at the end of this policy.
  • We also report any such alleged incident to Ofsted (unless advised by LADO that this is unnecessary due to the incident not meeting the threshold), as well as what measures we have taken. We aware that it is an offence not to do this.
  • We co-operate entirely with any investigation carried out by children’s social care in conjunction with the police.
  • Where the management team and children’s social care agree it is appropriate in the circumstances, the member of staff or volunteer will be suspended for the duration of the investigation. This is not an indication of admission that the alleged incident has taken place, but is to protect the staff, as well as children and families, throughout the process. Where it is appropriate and practical and agreed with LADO, we will seek to offer an alternative to suspension for the duration of the investigation, if an alternative is available that will safeguard children and not place the affected staff or volunteer at risk.

 See Flowchart for procedure. (policies/flowchart/allegations/Jan 2013)

 Disciplinary Action

Where a member of staff or volunteer has been dismissed due to engaging in activities that caused concern for the safeguarding of children or vulnerable adults, we will notify the Disclosure and Barring Service of relevant information, so that individuals who pose a threat to children and vulnerable groups can be identified and barred from working with these groups.

Allegations against other children or learners  

We acknowledge that abuse of children can take different forms and can be instigated by different age groups.

When a concern is raised, it will be dealt with confidentially and on an individual basis. We would follow the same procedures outlined in this policy and will work with relevant agencies including the learner’s educational provider where appropriate.

Key commitment 3 – Training and Support

 Our pre-preschool is committed to promoting awareness of child abuse issues throughout our training and learning programmes for adults. We are also committed to empowering children, through our early childhood curriculum, promoting their right to be strong, resilient and listened to.


  • Training opportunities are sought for all adults involved in the setting to ensure that they are able to recognise the signs and signals of possible physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse (including child sexual exploitation) and neglect and that they are aware of the local authority guidelines for making referrals. Training opportunities should also cover extra familial threats such as online risks, radicalisation and grooming, and how to identify and respond to families who may be in need of early help, and organisational safeguarding procedures.
  • Designated persons receive appropriate training, as recommended by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, every two years and refresh their knowledge and skills at least annually.
  • We ensure that all staff know the procedures for reporting and recording any concerns they may have about the provision.
  • We ensure that all staff receive updates on safeguarding via emails, newsletters, online training and/or discussion at staff meetings at least once a year.


  • The layout of the rooms allows for constant supervision. No child is left alone with staff or volunteers in a one to one situation without being visible to others.


  • We introduce key elements of keeping children safe into our programme to promote the personal, social and emotional development of all children, so that they may grow to be strong, resilient and listened to and that they develop understanding of why and how to keep safe.
  • We create within the pre-preschool a culture of value and respect for individual, having positive regard for children’s heritage arising from their colour, ethnicity, languages spoken at home, cultural and social background.
  • We ensure that this is carried out in a way that is developmentally appropriate for the children.


  • All suspicions and investigations are kept confidential and shared only with those who need to know. Any information is shared under the guidance of the Local Safeguarding Children Board/Local Safeguarding Partners and in line with the GDPR, Data Protection Act 2018, and Working Together 2018.

 Support to families

  • We believe in building trusting and supportive relationships with families, staff and volunteers in the group.
  • We make clear to parents our role and responsibilities in relation to child protection, such as for the reporting of concerns, information sharing, monitoring of the child, and liaising at all times with the local children’s social care team.
  • We continue to welcome the child and the family whilst investigations are being made in relation to any alleged abuse.
  • We follow the Child Protection Plan as set out by the child’s social care worker in relation to the pre-school’s designated role and tasks in supporting the child and the family, subsequent to any investigation.
  • We will engage with any child in need plan or early help plan as agreed.
  • Confidential records kept on a child are shared with the child’s parents, or those who have parental responsibility for the child in accordance with the Confidentiality and Client Access to Records procedure and only if appropriate under the guidance of the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).

 This policy is based on PLA Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults policy.  Definitions and Annexes are based on Hampshire County Model Child Protection Procedure and Guidance – June 2018.

Full Contact Details for Outside Agencies

OfstedOfsted, Piccadilly Gate, Store Street, Manchester M1 2WD


Tel:  0300 123 1231

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) – Mark Blackwell/ Barbara Piddington – 01962 876 364 / 01962847005 / 07739050532


LADO Notification/Referral Form for Allegations or Concerns about a person working with children can be found


Childrens Social Care (Hants Direct) part of HSCB

If you think a child is at immediate risk of significant harm phone

Hampshire Children’s Services: 0300 555 1384   – Out of hours 0300 555 1373

Or Police – 101 (999 if an emergency

 Children Social Care Professional Helpline – Children’s Reception Team (CRT)  – Tel:  01329 225379

Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB)

For general enquiries please phone: 01962 876230 or email: hscb@hants.gov.uk


Tel – 0800 800 5000

Txt – 88858

E-mail – help@nspcc.org.uk

Online – nspcc.org.uk/reportconcern

Legal framework

Primary legislation

  • The Children Act (2004)
  • Childcare Act (2006)
  • Children and Families Act (2014)
  • The Protection of Children Act (1999)
  • Data Protection Act (1998)
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006)
  • Children, Schools and Families Act (2010)
  • Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (2015)

Secondary legislation

  • Sexual Offences Act (2003)
  • Criminal Justice and Court Services Act (2000)
  • Equalities Act (2006)
  • The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Human Rights Acts (1998)
  • Freedom of Information Act (2000)
  • Protection from Harassment Act (1977)
  • Public Interest Disclosure Act (1998)

 Further guidance

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children (revised HMG 2006 – under revision 2012)
  • What to Do if You Are Worried a Child is Being Abused (HMG 2006)
  • Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and Their Families (DoH 2000)
  • The Common Assessment Framework for Children and Young People:  A Guide for Practioners (CWDC 2010)
  • Statutory guidance on making arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 (HMG 2007)
  • Information sharing: Guidance for Practitioners and Managers (HMG2008) (HMG2006)
  • Independent Safeguarding Authority: isa.homeoffice.gov.uk

Other useful information:

  • Safeguarding Children  (2010)
  • The Ofsted “Compliance, investigation and enforcement handbook” setting out the legal background to their compliance and enforcement work and the extent of their powers. Available on the Ofsted Website, http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/ciehandbookTel:  0300 123 1231
  • Local Authority Designated Office  (LADO) – Website:  http//www3.hants.gov.uk/childrens-services/contact-cs/childrens-services-allegations.htm.  Tel: 01962 876 364 / 01962 847005 / 07739050532   Address:  Safeguarding Unit, Children’s Services Department, Clarendon House, Monarch Way, Winchester, SO22 5PW

This policy was adopted at a meeting of Acorns Community Pre-Preschool held on……………

Date to be reviewed:……………………………………………………………………………………………

Signed on behalf of the management team: ………………………………………………………….

Name of signatory:  ……………………………………………………………………………………………

Role of signatory (e.g. chair/owner):…………………………………………………………………….