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Government publish final version of Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance 

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Working together to safeguard children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, now available.

The new revised guidance sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and how practitioners should conduct the assessment of children.

The guidelines set out core legal requirements, making it easier for what individuals and organisations should do to keep children safe and promote their welfare.
 
Working Together 2013 replaces:

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children (2010)
  • The Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (2000)
  • Statutory guidance on making arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 (2007)

Who is it for?
The statutory guidance is for:

  • local authority chief executives
  • directors of children’s services
  • local safeguarding children board chairs and senior managers within organisations who commission and provide services for children and families
  • social workers and professionals from health services
  • adult services
  • the police
  • academy trusts
  • education
  • the voluntary and community sector who have contact with children and families

All relevant professionals should read and follow the guidance, so that they can respond to individual children’s needs appropriately.

Further information

Department for Education: Working together to safeguard children

Download: Working together to safeguard children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children

Ministerial Statement - Working together to Safeguard Children Guidance

Next steps 

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Making sure the people you recruit are suitable to work with children.

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What is safeguarding and why does it matter to my organisation?

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