Updated guidance for people working with children in England

Last updated: 08 Apr 2015 Topics: Safeguarding children Type: Legislation
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The Department for Education has made changes to a number of statutory documents for people working with children in England.

Working together to safeguard children (HM Government, 2015)

This guidance is for anyone working with children in England. It sets out how organisations should work together  and respond to individual children’s needs appropriately. This latest guidance updates the previous version published in 2013.

Specific changes relevant to the sports sector

  • The referral of an allegation against those who work with children (Chapter 2, section 5)

    Unlike previous editions, Working Together 2015 no longer refers to Local Authority Designated Officers (LADOs), although this role has not been disbanded but rather linked more closely to first line response teams for Children’s Social Care. The updated guidance instead states that local authorities should have a designated officer or team of officers for the management and oversight of allegations.

    The 2015 guidance includes for the first time a requirement that new appointments should be qualified social workers, unless they have previous experience in the role.
  • Specific reference to whistleblowing procedures as a requirement (Chapter 2, section 11)

    Organisations should have clear whistleblowing procedures, which are suitably referenced in staff training and codes of conduct, and a culture that enables issues about safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children to be addressed.

Additional changes

  • Notifiable incident involving the care of a child (Chapter 4,section 13-16)

    Clarification of guidance on incidents that require Ofsted and the relevant Local Safeguarding Children Board(s) (LSCB) to be notified
  • The definition of serious harm for the purposes of Serious Case Reviews (Chapter 4, Section 17)

    Following concerns flagged by the national panel of independent experts of serious case reviews (SCR) that some LSCBs were not making the right decision on when to commission a SCR, a definition of serious harm has been included.
  • Child sexual exploitation (CSE), female genital mutation (FGM) and radicalisation

    The specification that LSCBs, local authorities and their partners should be commissioning and providing services for children at risk of sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation and radicalisation (Chapter 1, Section 17).

What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused (HM Government, 2015)

This document is for anyone whose work brings them into contact with children and families. It is relevant to those working in the statutory, voluntary or the independent sector, and applies in relation to all children and young people irrespective of whether they are living at home with their families and carers or away from home.

This advice replaces the previous version of What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused, published in 2006, and compliments Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) statutory guidance.

Keeping children safe in education (HM Government, 2015)

This is the key statutory guidance for all schools, colleges and academies in England. It sets out what schools and colleges must do to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18.

It replaces the previous version published in 2014.

The new version is not a major review but does include:

  • some changes on how to report concerns and allegations
  • clarification about recruitment and vetting processes
  • clarification around preventing radicalisation.