Early years sector: learning from case reviews briefing

Publication date 2021

Summary of risk factors and learning for improved practice around working in the early years sector

Case reviews published since 2017 highlight that practitioners don’t always have the right training to recognise and respond to child protection concerns or know what to do if they do have concerns.

Organisations might not also have appropriate safeguarding and child protection procedures in place.

Learning from these case reviews emphasises that:

  • practitioners need to be able to identify indicators of child abuse, apply professional curiosity and take the child’s lived experience into consideration
  • all staff working in an early years setting should have regular and ongoing safeguarding and child protection training
  • early years settings should share information with other agencies.

Published: November 2021

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