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NEW Early Years Safeguarding Audit 2022

Early Years and Childcare Safeguarding Self Audit 2022


This audit is to be completed by all early years and childcare providers as part of Section 11 of the Children’s Act (2004). This places duties on a range of organisations including Local Authorities to ensure their functions, and any services that they contract out to others, are discharged regarding the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. School managed or governor run provision do not need to complete this audit as schools complete Babcock Safeguarding Audits.  

The audit should be used to monitor, review and evaluate safeguarding policies and procedures, to ensure the maximum effectiveness of safeguarding of the children in your care. The more honest you are when completing the audit, the more useful this audit will be in ensuring you are meeting the safeguarding requirements

Providers must be fully compliant with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework, April 2017 and follow ‘safer recruitment’ procedures when recruiting staff.

This audit: 

  • will support you to meet the safeguarding requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage 
  • will help you to assess the quality of your safeguarding practice 
  • will help to ensure that gaps in safeguarding are identified and prompt action is taken to address these areas
  • can be included as evidence for Ofsted as part of your Self Evaluation (SEF)


It is the responsibility of the owner / manager / management committee to ensure that all staff understand their safeguarding responsibilities and that arrangements for safeguarding children comply with the current government guidance and the Devon Children and Families Partnership. For childminders completing this audit the term staff will be referring to Childminder assistants and co-childminders working from your premises.

This audit has been based around the Ofsted Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills setting document published in September 2019.

Completed Audits should be emailed to by 30th July 2022