Safeguarding Outline

Depending where in the UK you are the early years framework for your home nation will vary. The introduction it contains will help to source relevant quotes and links for further research.

England: eyfs
Wales: Foundation Phase
Northern Ireland: Foundation stage
Scotland: Pre-birth to three and curriculum for excellence

The children's act 1989 legislates for England and Wales

The Childrens act 2004 puts in place ..
-- A children's commissioner for England
-- A director for children's services within each local authority
-- A duty on local authorites and their partners, including the police, health service providers, youth justice teams to cooperate in promoting the well-being of children and young people and have arrangements that safeguard and promote their welfare.
-- Local Safe Guarding Boards
-- Revised legislation for physical punishment, it is now an offence to hit a child if it causes mental harm or leaves a lasting mark.
-- CAF common assessment framework - helping to identify individual needs.
-- revised arrangements for sharing information - data protection act 1998 the eight principles
-- The outcomes for ECM - every child matters, a green paper that emerged from the report of Lord Laming, made in response to Victoria Climbie's terribly tragic death. Background to ECM

What to do if you're worried a child is being abused 2003 is national guidance that brings together the content from working together to safeguard children and the framework for the assessment of children in need and their famillies 2000.
NB: page 25 or pg23 in the pdf reader of the Working Together to Safeguard Children document provides a table that explains the relevant sections to read in relation to role and responsibilities.

The protection of childrens act 1999 is the law that ensures settings do not offer employment that involves regular contact with children paid or unpaid where listed as unsuitable to work with children - The CRB disclosure...