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Episode 20: Essentials to safeguarding with Ann-Marie Christian

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Alistair Bryce-Clegg and AnnMarie Christian return for the Series 4 finale of the TTS Talking Early Years Podcast to summarise their discussion so far on the importance of safeguarding in early years education. 

Practical tips for practitioners

Alistair and Ann-Marie emphasise the need for a proactive approach to safeguarding, raising awareness among young children and creating a culture of vigilance. Ann-Marie also highlights the significance of using appropriate terminology when discussing private body parts, as well as the importance of understanding the signs and indicators of child abuse, even in cases of child-on-child harm.  

The episode offers practical tips for practitioners, such as laminated posters, regular staff training, and multi-agency working practices. Ann-Marie stresses the need for a collective responsibility in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all children, emphasising the reality of hidden abuse that must be addressed. She encourages educators to provide children with a safe and trusting environment to share their stories. 

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