Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018  is the statutory guide to inter agency working for the safeguarding of children and promotion of their welfare.   This guidance covers:

  • the legislative requirements placed on individual services;
  • a framework for the three local safeguarding partners (the local authority; a clinical commissioning group for an area, and the chief officer of police for a police area, to make arrangements to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of local children including identifying and responding to their needs; and
  • the framework for the two child death review partners (the local authority and the clinical commissioning group for an area) to make arrangements to reviews all deaths of children normally resident in the local area, and if they consider it appropriate, for those not normally resident in the area.

It is the key document that applies to all organisations and agencies who have functions relation to children.

All relevant professionals should read and follow this guidance so that they can respond to individual children’s needs appropriately.

The guidance sets out the following two key principles:-

  • A child centred approach is fundamental to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of every child.  A child centred approach means keeping the child in focus when making decisions about their lives and working in partnership with them and their families.
  • Everyone who works with children has a responsibility for keeping them safe.  No single practitioners can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances and, if children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.

It is vital that everyone working with children and families, including those who work with parents/carers, understands the role they should play and the role of other practitioners.  They should be aware of and comply with the published arrangements set out by the local safeguarding partners.   The published arrangements can found at