Safeguarding in Early Years Settings

Tuesday 26 Jun 2012 - Central London
Practical and legal guidance for protecting the most vulnerable

Finalised EYFS has been released

To read the full report click here

Section 3 highlights your new safeguarding and welfare requirements. Optimus Education’s 8th annual Safeguarding in Early Years Settings conference will be addressing each of these EYFS expectations in turn, therefore attend to ensure your setting is fully up-to-date with the latest changes. 

Why is this conference relevant?

Children under the age of five are at the highest risk of being the subject of a child protection plan (Children in Need in England, DfE, 2011). So, if you work in early years settings, you must have robust policies and procedures in place to ensure you can identify the signs of abuse and make appropriate referrals in order to effectively safeguard the children in your care.

Further to the recommendations laid out in the Tickell review, and the upcoming revisions to the Early Years Foundation Stage, your safeguarding obligations and duties are changing. Additionally, Ofsted is releasing a new inspection framework, to work alongside the new EYFS, which will also feature changes to safeguarding inspection.

Are you confident you are up-to-date with the changes to your safeguarding obligations?

In addition, are your staff fully aware of their new roles and responsibilities?

“For all those working with young children, safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and must be their first and foremost consideration”

Dame Clare TickellTickell Review (2011)

What can I expect?

Optimus Education’s 8th annual Safeguarding in Early Years Settings conference is the definitive event for all nursery managers and nominated safeguarding officers. Hear the latest practical and legal guidance to update your policies and procedures and ensure you are effectively safeguarding the children in your care.

Elizabeth Elsom, Divisional Manager, EYFS Frameworks, Ofsted, will provide invaluable insight into your new safeguarding requirements within the upcoming inspection framework. Don’t miss this opportunity to clarify the new criteria and have your questions answered.

Dai Durbridge, Partner, Browne Jacobson LLP, will breakdown the latest changes to early years safeguarding policy, from the changes to the ISA to appropriate information sharing, so that you can be confident that your policies and procedures are compliant with your statutory obligations for safeguarding.



Benefits of attending:

  • Develop effective training for staff to ensure a sound awareness of safeguarding issues

  • Establish and maintain clear codes of conduct to ensure appropriate staff behaviour

  • Confidently work with challenging parents and support troubled families

  • Understand appropriate information sharing and the legal implications of doing so

  • Recognise the warning signs in adult behaviour – lessons learnt from Serious Case Reviews

Why choose Optimus Education’s conferences?

“To be kept up to date is immensely important. A conference like this helps me to re-evaluate my practice and keep safeguarding foremost in my mind”

S. Edwards, Foundation Stage, Saint Ronan’s School

“Essential training for practitioners - which will enforce safeguarding practices and awareness. Very enjoyable and informative.”

C. Buckley, Deputy Manager, The Learning Trust

 “A useful opportunity to learn and reflect on safeguarding and what effective practice looks like”

S. Wilson, Children’s Centre Manager, Loxford Children’s Centre

“I found the day very useful. It was valuable in keeping my knowledge up to date and it’s always useful to talk to other professionals”

G. Jones, Assistant Head, The Bridge Special School

 “Well organised, relevant and useful”

T. Clutterbuck, Director, Newpark Childcare