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  Louisa and Hannah have both achieved their Level 3 Designated Safeguarding Lead Certificates after attending the face-to-face course hosted by Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB).

 Safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone. It is a massive part of working in childcare, especially early years where they cannot express themselves to explain where they may need assistance or intervention. 
 Safeguarding umbrellas lots of different types of abuse in which a child may become vulnerable.
These are:

  • Neglect 

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Child Criminal Exploitation/ Contextual Safeguarding

  • Female Genital Mutilation

  • Fabricated or Induced Illness

  • Forced Marriage

  • Human Trafficking/ Modern Slavery

  • Radicalisation

  • Domestic

  • Physical

  • Emotional Abuse

  • Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) generated by Artifical Intelligence (AI)

 We were informed at our latest safeguarding course that 60% of cases around the Oxfordshire area, include aspects of neglect. Some of these issues seem minor however become key aspects if there are multiple issues present or if a bigger picture is built. 

  • Physical neglect
    A child's basic needs, such as food, clothing or shelter, are not met or they aren't properly supervised or kept safe.

  • Educational neglect
    A parent doesn't ensure their child is given an education.

  • Emotional neglect
    A child doesn't get the nurture and stimulation they need. This could be through ignoring, humiliating, intimidating or isolating them.

  • Medical neglect
    A child isn't given proper health care. This includes dental care and refusing or ignoring medical recommendations.

For more in depth information about this area of abuse, please see the NSPCC website here: 
Neglect is also Child Abuse: Know All About It | NSPCC

  In our setting, we are fully aware of our duties as practitioners and base everything we do around safeguarding the children we care for. We wrote all of our policies and procedures with safeguarding in mind (Which can be viewed here.) and we review them every 6 months to ensure they are fresh in our minds constantly and understood fully by all those enforcing them. 

To view more information around the safeguarding in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) click the links below that take you to the OSCB website in which we, at Little Ladybirds follow closely.

OSCB Website: Home - Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (

Working Together To Safeguard Children 2018: Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 (

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018: Statutory Framework: Working Together to Safeguard Children: Statutory framework (

NSPCC Website: NSPCC | The UK children's charity | NSPCC


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