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Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, Safeguarding involves:

  • protecting children from abuse and maltreatment
  • preventing harm to children’s health or development
  • ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

As an Early Years/ childcare provider, you are in an unique position to help safeguard children. Their regular attendance and the relationships you build with the children and their families enables you to identify concerns early and take action to keep children safe and support their well-being.

These documents have been created to help you fulfil  the Early Years Foundation Stage requirements and ensure children are kept safe.

More guidance on Safeguarding can be found on the North Somerset Children’s Partnership Website

You can download a copy of our North Somerset Safeguarding Procedure for Early Years and Play Providers plus addendum in the Early Years section

If you are looking for support for a parent who is experiencing Domestic Abuse, there is support and advice available on the Next Link website

Useful documents that can be used in your setting can be found below:

We have provided these example policies, procedures and templates to help you when you are updating or creating your own versions. These should be adapted to reflect practice in your own setting. Please note that whilst every effort has been taken to ensure that the information provided is accurate and up to date, North Somerset Council will not be held responsible for any loss, damage, or inconvenience caused because of any inaccuracy, error or omission.

If you would like a word version of any of the documents, please email

Documenting Safeguarding Concerns


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