Safeguarding in Early Years and Childcare

Safeguarding resources to help support practice and complement the procedures and guidance issued by the Coventry Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP).

Safeguarding vulnerable children during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic


Barnardo’s launched a new telephone helpline with a web chat facility, which will provide a service between 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021. The Helpline is available between 1 pm and 8 pm Monday to Friday to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic children and young people between the age of 11-25 years and their parents/carers. The helpline is not just a listening service; it will provide practical and emotional support over the phone/ webchat and also refer onward to specialist community support.

Useful resources to support families:


Barnado's have produced a handbook on supporting children and young people from Roma communities. It contains a wealth of information including safeguarding Roma children, the trafficking of Roma children,  information around the history, oppression and discrimination against Roma communities and also good practice when working with children and families from Roma communities.

Access the Roma Families handbook: It might ask for your email address when you first access it and if it appears really small, please click on the 3 lines and choose single page view.

Safeguarding documents

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Family Hubs

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Forced Marriage

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

The LADO works on behalf of Coventry City Council and the Coventry Safeguarding Children Partnership to address, advise and manage allegations and concerns against staff, carers and volunteers by addressing matters of safety and wellbeing of children and young people.

You have a responsibility to report the allegation or concern to the Local Authority Designated Officer on 024 7683 3443 or by completing this online reporting form.

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

One Minute Guides - Coventry Safeguarding Children Partnership

One Minute Guides are designed to be quick, first reference guides across a range of subjects and are aimed at front line professionals.
They target complex and emerging themes or situations that a practitioner is not likely to encounter on a day to day basis and they provide
a practitioner-focused introduction to the subject and signpost to further information and resources.

Keeping children safe online

It is important to have regular conversations about staying safe online and to encourage children to speak to you if they come across something worrying online.

These resources provide guidance for parents and carers to keep children safe online. They will, amongst other things, support you to talk to children about a range of online safety issues, set up home filtering in a child-friendly way and set up age-appropriate parental controls on digital devices:

Prevent Duty

Counter-Terrorism Policing has launched a new safeguarding website aimed at family and friends to encourage them to share concerns that a friend or loved one might be vulnerable to radicalisation.

Retention, destruction and transferring records

Right Help Right Time

The guidance is there to help you, as a practitioner, to understand and assess risk consistently and appropriately so that children and families can receive the right help at the right time.

It will help professionals to identify the support that a child, young person or family might need and how best this support can be provided. It replaces all previous threshold guidance or levels of need documents. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact [email protected]

Safer Recruitment Documents

Signs of Safety

Signs of Safety provides a clear framework on how we should work with families within the Children’s Service Partnership – this includes building better relationships with families to work with them more effectively for children and young people.

The Signs of Safety Assessment and Planning Framework can be used by any practitioners working with children and young people in Social Care or Early Help.  For example, we may refer to Danger Statements and Safety Goals for a child who has a Child Protection Plan or Worry Statements and Wellbeing / Success goals for a child who is being supported by Early Help Services.

Early Years post training information.

Supervision Documents

Coventry Early Years Team

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 024 7697 5451

PO Box 15
Coventry City Council
Council House

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