National Safeguarding Unit (NSU) - Safe Activities For Everyone

Update: Consultation on revised safeguarding children statutory guidance 

A young child drawing a picture 


latest news & events

As part of the Governments commitment to reforming the child protection system and minimising bureaucracy it is consulting on severly reduced set of guidance for all professionals who work to protect children and young people.

The proposal is to replace over 700 pages of guidance with much briefer, explicit set of guidance which will be split in to three sections:

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children: draft guidance on what is expected of organisations, individually and jointly, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
  • Managing Cases: the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families: proposed changes to procedures for undertaking assessments of all children in need
  • Statutory Guidance on Learning and Improvement: proposed new arrangements for Serious Case Reviews, reviews of child deaths and other learning processes led by Local Safeguarding Children Boards

The aim is to drive a culture change within the child protection system to allow social workers, health professionals, police and others more capacity to exercise their professional judgement in the best interests of children, young people and families, thus being tied down by unnecessary rules and targets.

Working together

Take part in the Safe Network response to the Working Together consultation.
If you have any feedback please send your thoughts to Kevin Garrod, The Safe Network National Partnership and Outreach Manager
Safe Network presentation on Working Together
Please send responses by August 31 2012.

Further information

Read the consultation document online
Respond online
Download consultation document
Download Working Together to Safeguard Children
Download Impact Assessment Working Together to Safeguard Children
Download Managing Individual Cases - the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families
 Download Impact Assessment Managing Individual Cases - Framework for Assessment
Download Statutory Guidance on Learning and Improvement
Download Impact Assessment Learning and Improvement Guidance
Download Response Form

More information Department for Education e-consultations

Next steps 

Children on a climbing frameMulti-agency working
What is multi-agency working and why is it so important?

Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs)
Children can only be kept safe if the key agencies work together. LSCBs help make sure that this happens.

Was this helpful?

Please rate this page and send us your comments (good or bad) if you have any.