Working Together to Safeguard Children
Working Together to Safeguard Children
A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (England Only)

In 2013-14 over 650,000 children in England were referred to local authority children's social care services by individuals who had concerns about their welfare. To combat this statistic, her Majesty's Government have issued a new, revised publication concerning the welfare and safeguarding of children within the UK.

Who is this guidance for?

The Working Together to Safeguard Children guide should be read by all relevant professionals who have the welfare of children at heart and should be followed so that they can respond to individual children's needs appropriately.

The ideal readership; quoted within the publication are: local authority Chief Executives, Directors of Children's Services, LSCB Chairs and senior managers within organisations who commission and provide services for children and families, including social workers and professionals from health services, adult services, the police, academy trusts, education, youth justice services and the voluntary and community sector who have contact with children and families.

What is this guide about?

Striving to enhance the support of local authorities and employers whilst adhering to the 1989 and 2004 children's acts, the guidance covers:
• the legislative requirements and expectations on individual services to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; and
• a clear framework for Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) to monitor the effectiveness of local services.

What's been updated in this new guide?

Interesting research has been conducted asking children what they want; this publication goes on to explain this child-centred approach.

If you're interested in learning more, copy this link into your web browser to find the young child's version of the Working Together to Safeguard Children publication - recent feedback has confirmed that it has been good for parents too.
http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publications/young-persons-guide-keeping-children-safe

Whilst local authorities play a lead role, safeguarding children and protecting them from harm is everyone's responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play. Therefore this new safeguarding children's guide places children and their needs at the forefront of everyone's mind because for children who need additional help, every day matters.
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