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Working Together to Safeguard Children Statutory Guidance – Revision Consultation

Date: Thursday, 29th Jun 2023 | Category: General


The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a consultation on revisions to the Working Together to Safeguard Children statutory guidance for England. The draft guidance includes substantial updates intended to strengthen multi-agency working across the whole system of help, support and protection for children and their families.

The consultation aims to gather views on updating Working Together to help deliver on the government’s plans to transform children’s social care set out in Stable Homes, Built on Love Stable Homes, Built on Love which sets out an ambitious plan to transform children’s social care, committing to support every child to grow up in a safe, stable, and loving home.

Working Together to Safeguard Children is the core statutory guidance for all involved in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. It sets out the requirements and processes for multi-agency working and forms part of the framework against which local authorities are inspected.. The consultation opened on 21 June, and will run for 11 weeks, with the consultation closing on 6 September 2023.

Updating Working Together is a key next step in the government reforms to improve local and central government systems and multi-agency working. The aim is to help practitioners across agencies understand how best to deliver services to families that will really make a difference and to remind all organisations and agencies of their responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in their area.

Consultation Events

Throughout this period, engagement events will be running, to help all partner agencies and stakeholders involved in children’s social care to engage with the consultation process. This is essential to develop collaborative, multi-agency guidance that reflects the whole system and speaks to all stakeholders, no matter their professional background or sector.

Open events: Thursday 29th June (10:00) and Monday 4th September (15:00)

Single agency events:

  • Thursday 13th July (14:30) Education
  • Wednesday 26th July (11:00) Police
  • Tuesday 15th August (15:00) Health
  • Thursday 17th August (14:00) Local Authorities

Thematic events with multi-agency/sector participation:

  • Thursday 6th July (11:00) A shared endeavour
  • Tuesday 18th July (14:00) Help and support for children and their families
  • Wednesday 2nd August (11:00) Strengthening multi-agency safeguarding arrangements
  • Monday 7th August (11:00) Decisive, multi-agency child protection

Parent and carer event: Date TBC

To book your place Free Online Working Together to Safeguard Children Events | Eventbrite

The public will also be given the opportunity to share their views on planned changes to Working Together to Safeguard Children, and as part of this tranche of consultation a guide for children and young people is available about the changes planned. If you’d like more information, you can also read the introduction to the full document about the planned changes to Working Together.

In this consultation, views are being sought on how best to strengthen effective multi-agency help, support, safeguarding and child protection across the system ensuring a child-centred approach ensuring that every individual and agency understands their role and is playing their part in delivering effective multi-agency support, intervention and protection.

  • Proposed changes strengthen the guidance in five key areas:
    A shared endeavour introduces expectations for effective multi-agency working
    and practice principles for working with parents and carers.
  • Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements clarifies roles and responsibilities,
    introduces a partnership chair and deepens accountability and transparency.
  • Help and support for children and their families includes stronger expectations on
    Early Help and family networks, clarifies permissions on working with children
    under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 and emphasises support for disabled
  • Decisive multi-agency child protection introduces new national multi-agency child
    protection standards for practitioners and approaches to harm outside the home.
  • Learning from serious child safeguarding incidents.

Read the full consultation document here

Read the Draft: Working Together to Safeguard Children 2023 here