This is defined as birth to 5 years. If you are caring for children aged between birth and five, you have to deliver the EYFS Early Years Foundation Stage (unless you are a nanny). Most providers who care for children in that age range have to join  Early Years Register, but some providers are exempt from registration.


Making a Referral

If you have concerns about a child discuss with your manager / Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) if you remain concerned  call the local authorities in your area.

Escalation Policy

Guidance about what to do if you disagree with decisions

Allegations against people who work with children

You will have a procedure in your setting that refers to allegations against a member of staff or volunteer

Use them.

This is specifically important for the Employer to know about and understand.

If you need further advice contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) 01305 221122

Policies and Procedures

The Dorset Safeguarding Children Board produces the  statutory policies and procedures for safeguarding children in Dorset.

Safeguarding Training

Dorset’s Early Years safeguarding training programme covers:

  • Level 2 Safeguarding Children
  • Safer Recruitment
  • Supervising to Safeguard Children (by request)
  • Safer Working Practice (by request)
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead – your role explained


Dorset Safeguarding Children Board offer Level 3 Safeguarding Children training for all DSLs and deputy DSLs and for all childminders.

Courses can be booked on Nexus. There is also National Safer Working Practice Guidance available which will help you in your responsibilities.

Safer Recruitment

View up-to-date information on DBS checks including who requires them and Ofsted guidance.   At least one member of any recruitment panel must have attended Safer Recruitment training


Child Protection Case Conferences

As a professional in your own right, you will be invited to attend  Initial and Review Child Protection Case Conferences. You will need to prepare a report based on your knowledge of the child / family.

Learning from Serious Case Reviews

There are Serious Case Reviews nationally that have learning which is of significance in Dorset.  To read the reports please click on the relevant links:

Published Serious Case Review in Dorset can be found here

Prevent Duty (2015)

This duty means you must have due regard to preventing people being drawn into terrorism. In order to protect children in your care, you must be alert to any reason for concern in the child’s life at home or elsewhere.     There is national guidance available which will help you in your responsibilities.

If you require further advice please call the Early Years Advice Line on 01305 228425