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Government consultation on Working together guidance

The NSPCC briefing outlines the main changes set out in the Department for Education consultation on significant revisions to Working together to safeguard children – the statutory guidance which sets out what is expected of organisations, individually and jointly, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in England.

These revisions are being made to reflect the legislative changes introduced through the Children and Social Work Act 2017.

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


                               About the consultation

The Department for Education has revised the guidance Working together to safeguard children: guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, to include the changes needed to support the new system of multi-agency safeguarding arrangements established by the Children and Social Work Act 2017. These changes relate to the:

  • replacement of Local Children Safeguarding Boards (LCSBs) with local safeguarding partners
  • establishment of a new national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel
  • transfer of responsibility for child death reviews from Local Safeguarding Children Boards to new Child Death Review Partners.

Views are also sought on 2 sets of statutory instruments (regulations):

  • the Local Safeguarding Partner (Relevant Agencies) (England) Regulations
  • the National and Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review (England) Regulations


CLICK HERE to find out more information and to view the consultation documents



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