Working together to safeguard children – statutory guidance update

Working together to safeguard children updated July 2018

The Department for Education has revised the guidance Working together to safeguard children: guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, to include the changes needed to support the new system of multi-agency safeguarding arrangements established by the Children and Social Work Act 2017.

Who needs to know about the update?

  • Designated safeguarding leads
  • Residential family assessment practitioners
  • Teachers and education staff
  • Residential managers and staff

The new guidance includes

  • The legislative requirements placed on individual services.
  • A framework for the three local safeguarding partners (the local authority; a clinical commissioning group for an area, any part of which falls within the local authority; and the chief officer of police for a police area, any part of which falls within the local authority area) to make arrangements to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of local children including identifying and responding to their needs.
  • The framework for the two child death review partners (the local authority and any clinical commissioning group for an area, any part of which falls within the local authority) to make arrangements to review all deaths of children normally resident in the local area, and if they consider it appropriate, for those not normally resident in the area.

Views of young people

The voice of the child is represented in the document with a series of ‘asks’ in considering their needs.

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This document replaces Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015).

Download the guidance and supplementary documents.

Download the young person’s guide to working together

Further Reading

https://consult.education.gov.uk/child-protection-safeguarding-and-family-law/working-together-to-safeguard-children-revisions-t/supporting_documents/Consultationdocument.pdf

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/news-opinion/government-consultation-working-together-guidance/

Note:

Onrezume Members: Policies and Procedures will shortly be updated to include updated guidance references where applicable.

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2018-07-24T11:03:38+00:00

About the Author:

Maggie Danesfahani is a social care consultant with over 20 years experience in supporting children's residential services to become and stay Ofsted Inspection ready.

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