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2nd Edition

Safeguarding and Protecting Children in the Early Years

ISBN 9781138677401
Published October 4, 2017 by Routledge
256 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This new edition provides a comprehensive guide for safeguarding and child protection in the early years. Aimed at both students and practitioners, it offers clear insight and guidance into the legal and policy foundations for effective safeguarding practice, together with both the historical context and also more contemporary developments in safeguarding practice in the early years sector. 

This second edition has been fully updated to reflect current legislation and includes new material on interagency work, supporting children’s resilience and safeguarding all children. Drawing on the everyday dilemmas and experiences of early years professionals, it helps you to find solutions to both practical and moral issues in a context of legal duties and responsibilities. The chapters consider:

  • the historical context of safeguarding and child protection
  • the legislative framework around safeguarding and child protection
  • safeguarding through inter-professional and multidisciplinary work
  • the identification of neglect in early years children
  • the consequential abuse that can occur as a result of parental behaviours
  • safeguarding children’s health and wellbeing
  • safeguarding as a member of a team, and the importance of communication
  • safeguarding against the misuse of technology.

Safeguarding and Protecting Children in the Early Years has been written by a multidisciplinary team of academics from a breadth of UK universities, with a wealth of experience in safeguarding and child protection, the EYFS, health visiting, social work, the police and in leading and managing services for children and families. This second edition is essential reading for anyone working with or aspiring to work with children in the early years.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Introduction Steven Burton and James Reid

Part 1. Legal and policy foundations, and key safeguarding concerns

Chapter 2. The recent history of central government guidance about child protection Nigel Parton and James Reid

Chapter 3. The social, legal and practice context for protecting and safeguarding children James Reid

Chapter 4. Abuse in the Early Years – Children’s experiences of physical, sexual and emotional abuse Neil Ventress

Chapter 5. Neglect in the early years Neil Ventress

Chapter 6. Socialisation and consequential abuse Neil Ventress

Part 2. Everyday practice dilemmas and experiences

Chapter 7. Safeguarding within the Early Years Foundation Stage Julie Percival

Chapter 8. Safeguarding children’s health and wellbeing Sharon Frankland

Chapter 9. Safeguarding children from online danger Steven Burton

Chapter 10. The primacy of communication in safeguarding Steven Burton

Chapter 11. Inter-agency working, observation and assessment Frances Marsden, Samantha McMahon and Andrew Youde

Chapter 12. Supervision and reflective practice Samantha McMahon and Julie Percival

Chapter 13. Conclusion Steven Burton


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Steven Burton is the Strategic Lead for Innovation with the Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University, UK.

James Reid is Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies within the Department of Community and International Education, University of Huddersfield, UK.