Government consultation on Working together guidance

Last updated: 06 Nov 2017 Topics: Working with our partners Safeguarding children Type: News article
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Summary of proposed changes to England's statutory safeguarding guidance, Working together to safeguard children, and new regulations. 

The NSPCC has created a briefing that outlines the main changes being proposed in the Department for Education consultation on significant revisions to Working together to safeguard children.

Revisions to this guidance are in line with legislative changes introduced through the Children and Social Work Act 2017.

About the consultation

The Department for Education has revised the guidance to now include multi-agency safeguarding arrangements as established by the Children and Social Work Act 2017. These changes include the replacement of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) and the establishment of a new national Child safeguarding Review Panel. 

The consultation is also considering views on the following statutory regulations:

  • the Local Safeguarding Partner (Relevant Agencies) (England) Regulations
  • the National and Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review (England) Regulations
  • the addition of 'sports clubs/organisations' within organisational responsibilities

Proposed changes

This consultation proposes changes to guidance and regulations. The most significant changes are to the following areas:

  • replacement of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) with local partners
  • learning from serious cases and new regulations on local and national reviews
  • transfer of responsibility for child death reviews from LSCBs to new Child Death Review Partners

The deadline for responses to the consultation is 31 December 2017.

Further information

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