Working Together to Safeguard Children: changes to statutory guidance

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Working Together to Safeguard Children: changes to statutory guidance

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Department for Education are consulting on Working Together to Safeguard Children: changes to statutory guidance and new regulations largely being made to reflect the legislative changes introduced through the Children and Social Work Act 2017.

There are minimum changes to  the core requirements in in Chapter 1: Assessing need and providing help and Chapter 2: Organisational responsibilities. Chapters 3 to 5 Multi-Agency safeguarding arrangements, Learning from serious cases and Child death reviews have significant changes to bring them into line with the Children and Social Work Act 2017. There appears to be nothing that was not already anticipated in these chapters.

The DfE are also consulting on new guidance for Child Death Reviews and a document that sets out the statutory guidance for the Transitional Arrangements for the move from LSCBs to Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements, once the commencements of the provisions laid out in the Children and Social Work Act 2017 come into force.

We have attached a briefing that gives an overview of the documents that are out for consultation. It highlights some of the key proposals and changes we think you should be aware of.

The consultation document which gives you a chance to respond  appears here and the closing date for any feedback is the 31st December 2017

The following documents are out for consultation

Working Together to Safeguard Children - A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children - April 2018

Child Death Review - Statutory Guidance – October 2017

Local Safeguarding - transitional arrangements - Statutory guidance for local authorities, LSCBs, safeguarding partners, child death review partners, and the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel – April 2018