Legislation, regulation and safeguarding

National early years legislation, regulation, child protection and safeguarding guidelines.

All settings must have regard to relevant legislation and regulation.

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Registered childcare providers must have a commitment to the safeguarding and protection of all children. Ofsted requires every setting to have a child protection policy which should include the following:

  • a named (designated) person who holds responsibility in the setting for all safeguarding and child protection matters
  • clear internal procedures about how the setting will respond to any concerns raised about the well-being of a child or young person
  • clear internal procedures about how the setting will respond to any allegation made against a member of staff.

Every childcare practitioner within the setting should know their individual responsibilities and what actions they must take. Every practitioner should be aware of their shared responsibility for the safeguarding and well-being of children and young people within their setting, and the point at which to act upon and report any concerns.

The West Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership and Pan-Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures provide additional guidance on the processes involved. These should be considered alongside your setting’s child protection policy and any locally agreed procedures. 

Guidance and documentation


Tools and formats

Childcare providers must ensure that the people looking after or having regular contact with children are suitable.

To help families who attend your setting understand yours and West Sussex’s safeguarding commitments, please share this letter with them when they start with you.

Last updated:
17 July 2024
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