Update to Working Together to Safeguarding Children

Working Together to Safeguard Children (usually referred to as just Working Together) is statutory guidance produced by the government which outlines how practitioners working with children, young people and families should work together in order to ensure that children and young people remain safe from harm. 

The Department for Education (DfE) published a new edition of its statutory guidance Working together to safeguard children in December 2023. The 2023 edition replaces Working together to safeguard children 2018.

The guidance outlines what organisations and agencies must and should do to help, protect and promote the welfare of all children and young people under the age of 18 in England.

All Leeds practitioners should ensure that they are up to date on the main changes which include: 

  • the multi-agency expectations for all practitioners
  • working with parents and families
  • roles and responsibilities of safeguarding partners
  • the role of education and childcare providers
  • multi-agency practice standards
  • support for disabled children
  • tackling harm that occurs outside the home.

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2023: Summary of Changes

Working together to safeguard children: statutory framework (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Working together to safeguard children 2023: statutory guidance (publishing.service.gov.uk)

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