Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 2.2: Understand legislation relating to the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
Learning outcome: Understand policies and procedures for the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
Assessment criteria: Describe the lines of reporting and responsibility to meet the safeguarding, protection and welfare requirements of children
Organisations that work with children are responsible for safeguarding and protecting their welfare. This includes having robust policies and procedures in place to ensure that children are protected from harm, abuse and neglect and that any concerns are promptly reported and dealt with appropriately.
All practitioners who work with children should receive safeguarding training and be familiar with their organisation’s policies and procedures. If practitioners have any concerns about a child’s welfare, they should report this immediately to the designated safeguarding lead.
Practitioners should also understand their statutory duty of confidentiality and be aware of when and how to share personal information about a child. This is to ensure that children are protected from harm while also ensuring that their rights to privacy are respected.
The lines of reporting and responsibility will vary depending on the specific organisation, but in general, all staff should know who the designated safeguarding lead is and how to contact them if they have any concerns. The designated safeguarding lead should clearly understand their responsibilities and be able to provide support and guidance to other staff members.