New Working Together out for consultation

A revised version of Working Together to Safeguard Children has been put out for consultation by the Department for Education. It comes in light of the legislative changes introduced through the Children and Social Work Act 2017. The government is asking for views on ‘significant revisions’ to Working Together and two sets of regulations needed to support the new arrangements. The changes broadly relate to the replacement of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) with local safeguarding partners; the establishment of a new national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel; and the transfer of responsibility for child death reviews to new Child Death Review Partners. Working Together has also been restructured in order to improve clarity. However, the core requirements of the guidance have not changed. Following the consultation, the government will update and replace the current statutory guidance from 2015. The consultation opened on 25 October and closes on 31 December 2017.

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