For any operating setting or a setting that is planning to open they must have in place safeguarding policies and procedures. Safeguarding is a term where action is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. The safeguarding of children is everyone’s responsibility. It’s defined in working together to safe guard children 2013 as: protecting children from maltreatment, preventing impairment of children’s health and development. Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with safe and effective care and taking action to make sure all children have the best outcomes.
When a legislation is updated or a new legislation is brought in all settings and organisations must update their own policies and procedure to coincide with the current legislation. Its every practitioner, volunteer or anyone who works within a setting with children responsibility to ensure they have read the polices and procedures so they understand what is expected of them and what they need to do to ensure that children are kept safe and that the staff are aware of hazards in the learning environment.
A setting must take appropriate measures to make sure children are safe and well, and that their needs are met. Settings must have separate polices and procedure for the EYFS requirements, schools don’t require spate ones as they are found in existing policies.