Summary of proposed changes to England's statutory safeguarding guidance Working together to safeguard children and new regulations.
The NSPCC has created a briefing which 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:
- replacement of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) with local safeguarding partners
- establishment of a new national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel
- transfer of responsibility for child death reviews from LSCBs to new Child Death Review Partners.
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
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.