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Statutory guidance

Working together to safeguard children

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

Documents

Working together to safeguard children

Details

This guidance is for:

  • local authority chief executives
  • directors of children’s services
  • chairs of local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs)
  • 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
  • all schools

This replaces ‘Working together to safeguard children’ (2013).

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

A version of the guidance for young people and a separate version suitable for younger children are also available for practitioners to share.