13 January 2020

Family Services Commissioning

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Designated person for safeguarding in early years group settings

“Providers must take all necessary steps to keep children safe and well.” 3.2

  • A practitioner must be designated to take lead responsibility for safeguarding children in setting every setting.
  • The lead practitioner is responsible for liaison with the local statutory children’s services agencies, and with the LSCB.  
  • They must provide support, advice and guidance to any other staff on an ongoing basis, and on any specific safeguarding issue as required. 3.5 

Reference : Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements, Early Years Foundation Stage 2017.

The role of the designated person for safeguarding within an early years setting is to ensure the requirements above are met, children are kept safe and staff understand their roles and responsibilities around safeguarding.

This is achieved by ensuring robust policies and procedures are in place and embedded in practice. This includes those for safeguarding, child protection, staff recruitment, safe staffing practice, online safety, to name a few.

We recommend that there is a named designated person for safeguarding on duty at all times; this person should be contactable during all setting operating times.

We would advise that there are two staff who are named designated person to ensure continuity and availability at all times.

Recommended training for designated persons

It is recommended that the designated person accesses training specific to this role and updates this training at least every three years. There are many changes to this area of work, including safe staffing and recruitment checks.

In Hertfordshire we recommend that all staff who are nominated as ‘designated person for safeguarding’ access the training focused on safe staffing. The training sessions keep you up to date with current policy and practice.

Designated person for safeguarding - safe staffing lead - This training focusses on safe recruitment, safe staffing and allegations management (Role of the LADO).                                                                                                  

  • Training can be accessed through Herts for Learning CPD hub.

Designated person for safeguarding - safe staffing

The designated person must also ensure they have accessed appropriate child protection training every three years. See Herts for Learning CPD hub for child protection courses.  

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