This help centre article was written for childminders preparing for registration with the Koru Kids' Home Nursery service
This article is a recap of part of what you learn in your Safeguarding training with regard to child protection legislation.
‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (2018) gives the following definition of what Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is:
Protecting children from maltreatment;
Preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;
Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
Koru Kids expects all of our childminders to follow a child centred approach:
A child centred approach means keeping the child in focus when making decisions about their lives and working in partnership with them and their families.
We are safeguarding the children’s right to thrive, play and challenge themselves.
These state that the welfare of children is paramount and that they are best looked after within their families, with their parents playing a full part in their lives, unless compulsory intervention in family life is necessary.
Child protection is part of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
It is to protect specific children who are suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm.
Action should be taken to protect that child.
Here’s a list of other legislation that forms the backbone of Safeguarding for children:
You should also refer to the EYFS to find out your statutory responsibilities around safeguarding.