The meaning of “Safeguardingis the action that is taken topromote the welfare of children and protect them from harm”(NSPCC no date) thisrelates to children’s care and education because as an EYP you have a duty tohave the correct knowledge of safeguarding and be able to see signs of abuse .For example in my placement we have a set safeguarding officer or a “designatedlead”(Kelly 2016) who all eyps would tell any concerns about a child to. Earlyyears setting will have safeguarding policies and procedures to keep childrensafe this could include risk assessments and checks around the placementsomething as small as not having plug socket covers can pose a risk to smallchildren. Requiring all people with access to the children to be dbs checkedthis minimizes the risk to the children this also comes under safe guarding.
Abuse and neglect can effect a child’s education and development which is whysafeguarding is important. A child may become withdrawn, lack confidence in theclassroom and always be worrying about their home life so will fall behind inlearning development and education. These are all signs EYPs have to look forwhen observing the children in their care.Practitioners can support children’s wellbeing anddevelopment by making sure they are up to date on the latest safeguardingtraining available and also have a good knowledge of the EYFS so they know whatlevel of education the children they are caring for should be at.
This way the practitionercan recognise if there is a problem or delayed development in the child .A practitionercan support wellbeing and development by keeping good open lines ofcommunication between them and the parents as the family is where the childspends most of its time. The practitioner could “offer support for extendedlearning at home” (hodder education 2013)Policies and procedures are put in place that benefitchildren for example the children and families act of 2014 added a number ofreforms one of which being that a child can stay with a foster family up until21 as long as both parties are happy this will benefit children in an early yearssetting because the4y will always have a stable home if they are in the caresystem