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All OFSTED registered childcare providers for ages 0-19 are required by the Wiltshire Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) to complete an annual safeguarding audit; this is also a requirement for providers who offer free entitlement.

The range of questions asked in this audit cover the following aspects of childcare provision

  • Staff training and knowledge
  • Safer recruitment
  • Safeguarding and child protection policy and procedures
  • The voice of the child
  • Managing allegations of abuse against staff members

Staff training and knowledge

All settings have to have a designated safeguarding officer (previously known as a child protection liaison person). It is advisable to have a second or deputy safeguarding officer in post who would be able to deal with issues in the absence of the designated safeguarding officer.

Most safeguarding training is coordinated through the Wiltshire Pathways website. Becky Tucker is the training administrator for this site and can be contacted on 01225 713864. The childcare team also provide some training.

Essential training

Target audience Training Duration
Designated safeguarding officer Advanced inter-agency training on child protection.

Two day course

Further information and how to book

Designated Safeguarding Officers, committee representatives with responsibility for safeguarding, room leaders, managers, deputy managers, childminders, Childrens Centre co-ordinators and utreach workers

Foundation child protection training

One day course

Further information and how to book
Designated Safeguarding Officers, committee representatives with responsibility for safeguarding, room leaders, managers, deputy managers, childminders, Childrens Centre co-ordinators and utreach workers Early intervention training Further information and how to book
All staff in group settings and childrens centres, and childminders and childminding assistants Single agency training

Safeguarding: awareness of child abuse and neglect

Online course

Each recruitment panel must include someone who has completed this training Safer recruitment training

One day course

Further information and how to book

Additional training

New practitioners, refreshers and committee members in group settings Whole group Child Protection Training to be delivered by Designated Safeguarding Officers to their own staff teams

1 day course run by settings independently

Safer recruitment

Settings should hold a PDFsingle central record for employment of staff 208kb Early year - single central record for employment of staff

The following practices must be undertaken and documented in the relevant policies and procedures:

  • Safer recruitment person on interview panel
  • Request for written references from previous employers to be followed up with a telephone call
  • Adherence to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS – previously CRB) process including identity check
  • Induction process includes safeguarding and child protection policies and procedures within the first week of employment

Ultimately, all providers must make sure that individuals employed (paid or not) to look after children are suitable to fulfil the requirements of their role.

Safeguarding and child protection policy and procedures

Please refer to the south west child protection procedures at South West Safeguarding and Child Protection group.

These policies and procedures should be cross referenced and aligned with other relevant policies such as PDFe-safety 276kb E-safety Policy for childcare settings, anti bullying, equalities and behaviour and where possible and relevant shared with:

  • staff
  • regular visitors (including volunteers)
  • parents
  • committee/trustees/owners
  • children

Please note: Procedures need to include reference to the up to date (February 2013) Wiltshire Safeguarding Children’s Board (WSBC) procedures PDFWhat to do if you are worried a child is being abused or neglected.pdf 32kb Early years - What to do if you are worried a child is being abused or neglected

Settings must also have a policy and procedure on recording, retaining and sharing of welfare and child protection concerns.

Safeguarding and child protection policies should have a section or reference to children/young people with additional needs including vulnerable children, as these individuals are more likely to experience safeguarding and child protection issues. Ideally, specialised training for safeguarding these children should be sought via the Wiltshire Pathways website.

It is recommended that all policies and procedures are reviewed annually.

The voice of the child

In your day-to-day work children should be encouraged to express their feelings and describe their concerns in an open and safe environment. The curriculum should be planned to facilitate and encourage this.

If you require support with this please contact your Inclusion Adviser or seek training through Wiltshire Council Workforce Development Team, Bright Horizons

Procedures for managing allegations of abuse against staff members

Please refer to the south west child protection procedures at South West Safeguarding and Child Protection group.

These allegations may be made by parents, children or other staff members.

It is a requirement that you have displayed the Wiltshire Safeguarding Children’s Board flowchart about PDFmanaging allegations against staff members.pdf 22kb managing allegations against staff members displayed for everyone to see.

All allegations against a member of staff MUST be reported to the LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) immediately for investigation. OFSTED need to be informed within 14 days of an allegation being made.

Staff and volunteers MUST know what to do if they have concerns about the behaviour of another member of staff (often called 'whistle blowing')

If you have any further queries about safeguarding children’s welfare, please do not hesitate in contacting your childcare officer or any member of the early years and childcare team.

Contact Details (LiveLink)

Multiple Contacts:
eMail: earlyyears@wiltshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01225 757950
Out of hours:
Fax: 01225 757925
Postal Address:

Early Years and Childcare
Schools and Learning
Children’s Services
County Hall
Bythesea Road
Trowbridge
BA14 8JN


In Person:
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Last updated: 10 October 2013

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