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The Department of Education invite views on changes to the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children and new regulations. 

This consultation seeks views 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. These revisions are being made largely to reflect the legislative changes introduced through the Children and Social Work Act 2017.

The consultation seeks views on the changes to guidance which are needed to support the new system of multi-agency safeguarding arrangements established by the Children and Social Work Act 2017; including views on two sets of statutory instruments (regulations). In broad terms, these changes relate to:

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

The chapters of 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' which require significant or total amendment are:

  • Chapter 3: Multi-agency safeguarding arrangements
  • Chapter 4: Learning from serious cases
  • Chapter 5: Child death reviews

The consultation also seeks views on the separate guidance we intend to issue in order to facilitate a clear and orderly transition from the existing system.

We have also restructured ‘Working Together’ in a number of areas to improve clarity, although core requirements have not changed. However, as minor clarifications we do not intend to consult on these changes.

A draft version of the revised guidance has been published alongside this consultation, and the two documents should be read in conjunction, together with the two sets of regulations as appropriate.

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