Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements

Disclosure and Barring Service

Providers must ensure that people looking after children are suitable to fulfil the requirements of their roles. Providers must have effective systems in place to ensure that practitioners, and any other person who is likely to have regular contact with children (including those living or working on the premises), are suitable.


Department for Education: Statutory framework for early years foundation stage (EYFS) September 2021
This framework is mandatory for all early years providers in England from 1 September 2021.  Please refer to 'Suitable people' and 'Disqualification', section 3.9 - 3.18.

Ofsted guidance: Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills
This guidance sets out the main points that inspectors need to consider when inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings. Refer to section 23 - 33 'Inspecting arrangements for staff recruitment and vetting'.

Keeping children safe in education: childcare disqualification requirements – supplementary advice
The Department for Education has published this advice as a supplement to the Keeping children safe in education statutory guidance to help schools understand requirements placed on them by legislation.