Everyone is responsible for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
If you think a child is being abused or neglected – contact the council’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) during office hours by phoning 023 9268 8793 or emailing Mash@portsmouthcc.gov.uk. At other times phone the out of hours service on 0300 555 1373. Leave your name and number and someone will call you back as soon as possible. For more information, read the keeping children safe page.
If you have concerns about someone who works with children such as a nursery worker, childminder or someone who works in a school – contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), Hayley Cowmeadow on 023 9288 2500 or email LADO@portsmouthcc.gov.uk and also the linked Quality and Sufficiency Officer on 023 9284 1974 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children learn best when they are healthy, safe and secure. The safeguarding and welfare requirements are designed to help providers create high quality settings which are welcoming, safe and stimulating. Providers must take all necessary steps to keep children safe and well as specified in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements (pages 16-35).
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