Statutory 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.