Witnessing Poor Practise in Early Years: A guide to safeguarding children’s well-being

Posted: 25th April 2024

Source: (10) Witnessing Poor Practise in Early Years: A guide to safeguarding children’s well-being | LinkedIn


At The Early Years Company, we are deeply saddened by the tragic news of a baby girl’s passing due to neglect at the hands of those entrusted with her care. Our hearts ache for the precious life lost and the family enduring unimaginable grief.

Whilst in our opinion the perpetrator should bear full responsibility for this heinous act, it’s imperative to recognise that in any childcare setting, there are numerous opportunities for vigilant team members to speak out against neglect, abuse and poor practice. We believe that fostering an environment of openness and transparency within early years settings is crucial in safeguarding children’s well-being.

Here are five essential tips for practitioners to react effectively if they witness poor practice in their settings:

  • Speak Up: Leaders must encourage team members to voice concerns directly to their managers or supervisors. Creating a culture where open communication is valued empowers individuals to address issues promptly.
  • Report to LADO: The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is responsible for managing allegations against people who work with children. If practitioners suspect abuse or neglect, they should promptly report it to the LADO for investigation.
  • Consult Another Professional: Seek guidance from other professionals within or outside the setting, such as social workers, healthcare professionals, or child protection specialists. Collaborative efforts can provide comprehensive support and interventions for at-risk children.
  • Document and Record: Keep detailed records of any observed incidents or concerns, including dates, times, and descriptions of the events. Documenting occurrences strengthens the case for intervention and ensures accountability.
  • Advocate for Training: Advocate for regular training and professional development opportunities on child safeguarding and welfare practices. Equipping staff with the knowledge and skills to identify and respond to signs of neglect or abuse is essential in ensuring a safe environment for all children.

By implementing these proactive measures and promoting a culture of accountability and transparency, we can work together to prevent tragedies like the one that befell the baby girl in Greater Manchester. At The Early Years Company, we remain committed to advocating for the safety and well-being of every child in our care and beyond.

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