Safeguarding and Health Information

Safeguarding information

Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership (SSP) website

The most up to date information about safeguarding and childcare protection, including Suffolk’s local arrangements can be found on this website: Home » Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership (

If you are concerned about a child you must follow the process set out by the SSP Concerned? » Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership (

If you are concerned that someone working with children may be putting them at risk then you must follow the Safeguarding referral process for the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).
This can be found on the SSP website:

Local Authority Designated Officers (LADO) » Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership (

Safer Recruitment

Safer recruitment best practice guidance

Signs of Safety and Wellbeing

Signs of Safety has been adopted by Suffolk County Council Children and Young People’s Services as the overarching practice framework for all of its work with children and families. It describes a purposeful and collaborative way of working with families to secure the best outcomes for children and young people. As we have chosen to apply the approach across all of our services, our programme is called Suffolk Signs of Safety and Wellbeing.

Early Years practitioners can find out more about this approach on the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership website Signs of Safety » Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership (

Important legislative guidance

Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework – GOV.UK (

Apply for Safeguarding Courses – Suffolk Learning

As stated in the EYFS Statutory Framework (2021), providers must have regard to the following legislative guidance (3.7 page 22): 

Prevent duty guidance for England and Wales (2021)  Revised Prevent duty guidance: for England and Wales – GOV.UK (

A high percentage of Requires Improvement and inadequate settings in Suffolk are due to safeguarding concerns raised at the Ofsted inspection. Providers must have an implemented policy and procedures to safeguard children. These should be in line with the guidance and procedures of the relevant LSCB. (3.4) N.B. The LSCB in Suffolk is now known as the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership