Department for Education (DfE) has published updated statutory guidance for England
The new guidance sets out what organisations and agencies who work with children must and should do to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children and young people under the age of 18 in England. It is a significant update to the previous version of the guidance published in 2015.
The new 2018 guidance follows a government consultation, launched in October 2017, which set out the changes needed to support the new system of multi-agency safeguarding arrangements established by the Children and Social Work Act 2017.
Key areas where the 2018 guidance differs from the 2015 guidance are:
- assessing need and providing help
- organisational responsibilities
- multi-agency safeguarding arrangements
- local and national child safeguarding practice reviews
- child death reviews.
Download the full guidance
Department for Education (DfE) (2018) Working together to safeguard children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (PDF). London: HM Government.
The Department for Education has also published transitional guidance and advice on information sharing for people who provide safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers:
- Department for Education (DfE) (2018) Working Together: transitional guidance: statutory guidance for Local Safeguarding Children Boards, local authorities, safeguarding partners, child death review partners, and the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel (PDF). London: HM Government.
- Department for Education (DfE) (2018) Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers (PDF). London: HM Government.