Statutory guidance

Working together to safeguard children

Statutory guidance on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.



This statutory guidance is for:

  • local authorities
  • maintained schools
  • academies and free schools

It should be read and followed by:

  • local authority chief executives
  • directors of children’s services
  • local safeguarding children board chairs
  • teachers and education staff
  • social workers
  • health service professionals
  • adult services
  • police officers
  • voluntary and community sector workers in contact with children and families

It sets out how:

  • organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
  • how practitioners should conduct the assessment of children

A version of the guidance for young people is also available for practitioners to share.

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