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Safeguarding and British values update


At the end of March, new government documents were released covering safeguarding advice.

The Information Sharing guidance document replaces the previous 2008 safeguarding guidance. This document gives advice for practitioners like you providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers.

The government has also released a document on ‘What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused’ which helps practitioners identify the signs of child abuse and neglect and understand what action to take.

This has been re-written (March 2015) to replace the 2006 version and makes clear the four types of abuse along with guidance on reporting safeguarding concerns including examples.

Plus the statutory guidance: Working together to safeguard children has also been updated for inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Having an awareness of this guidance is important in your role as a childcare practitioner. To learn more about safeguarding including up-to-date information on this guidance members can access our free online course here, and for those not yet a member, the course is available to purchase by calling 0300 003 0005.

British values

British values are  embedded in the EYFS requirements and should be taught as part of your ongoing planning.

To make it as clear as possible what Ofsted will be inspecting when looking at the promotion of British values, Foundation Years has released detailed advice. PACEY will also shortly be releasing a new factsheet on British Values to help our members understand fully.

The four British values include:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

In addition, the safeguarding Prevent agenda is coming into law from July 2015 and will mean all early years providers must have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. The EYFS will then be updated to reflect the new prevent agenda legislation.