Following formal consultation we have published the revised statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013). This guidance has been published in response to recommendations from Professor Eileen Munro's report, 'A child-centred system'.
The guidance clarifies the core legal requirements on individuals and organisations to keep children safe. It sets out, in one place, the legal requirements that health services, social workers, police, schools and other organisations who work with children, must follow – and emphasises that safeguarding is the responsibility of all professionals who work with children.
The guidance will come into effect from 15 April 2013.
Alongside the revised guidance we have published:
Alongside the revised guidance the NHS Commissioning Board has published the Safeguarding Vulnerable People in the Reformed NHS – Accountability and Assurance Framework.
We are also working with the Office of the Children's Rights Director to develop a young person’s guide to Working Together to Safeguard Children, the first time this has been done. This will be published shortly.
The final impact assessment of the revised statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013)
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Safeguarding Vulnerable People in the Reformed NHS Accountability and Assurance Framework
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Guidance on how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and how practitioners should conduct the assessment of children.
Equality impact assessments (EQUIAs) carried out since May 2010 available to download.