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Report a concern about a member of the workforce

When there is a safeguarding allegation about you or anyone in an early years and childcare setting, including childminders, the correct procedure must be followed as laid out in this Managing safeguarding allegations flowchart - PDF, 478KB (opens in new window) and contact the LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) within 24 hours.

You must also report serious childcare incidents to Ofsted within 14 days. The day of the incident is the first of these 14 days.

You must tell Ofsted about:

  • any allegation of serious harm or abuse by any person living, working or looking after children on the premises
  • if a person looking after a child has something significant affecting their health   
  • an event that might affect the smooth running of the childcare, such as fire or a flood at the premises
  • the death of a child
  • serious accidents, injuries or illnesses to a child
  • food poisoning affecting two or more children

'A registered provider who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with this requirement, commits a criminal offence' (section 3.8 of the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage).  

Relevant resources

We've put together model templates / paperwork for you to use if you ever need to set up a case file for a child.