Statutory guidance

Working together to safeguard children

This publication was withdrawn on 26 March 2015

This document has been archived as it has been replaced by the revised guidance ‘Working together to safeguard children’.

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



This guidance is for

  • 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 applies to:

  • local authorities
  • maintained schools
  • academies and free schools

Statutory guidance is issued by law; you must follow it unless there’s a good reason not to.

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 and a separate version suitable for younger children are also available for practitioners to share.