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Consultation launched on revised ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’

Guidance changed to reflect Children and Social Work Act 2017

The Department for Education has launched a consultation on revisions to 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' – the statutory guidance which sets out what is expected of organisations, individually and jointly, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The revisions are being made largely to reflect the legislative changes introduced through the Children and Social Work Act 2017.

In sections one, two and three of the consultation document, views are sought on the changes to guidance which are needed to support the new system of multi-agency safeguarding arrangements established by the Children and Social Work Act 2017; including views on two sets of statutory instruments, which are available in Annex A (the Local Safeguarding Partner (Relevant Agencies) (England) Regulations) and Annex B (the National and Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review (England) Regulations). In broad terms, the changes relate to:

'Working Together' has also been restructured in a number of areas to improve clarity, although core requirements have not changed. A number of other updates are therefore set out in Annex C for information purposes. However, since they are minor clarifications it is not intended to consult on those changes.

The consultation closes on 31 December 2017.

For the consultation document, click here. To read the revised guidance, click here. To participate in the consultation, click here.