Legislation & government guidance

There are a number of key pieces of legislation and government guidance that support the work of the Boards.

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018

This revised guidance can be found at www.gov.uk/working-together-to-safeguard-children–2 and covers:

  • the legislative requirements placed on individual services
  • a framework for the three local safeguarding partners (the local authority; a clinical commissioning group for an area, any part of which falls within the local authority; and the chief officer of police for a police area, any part of which falls within the local authority area) to make arrangements to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of local children including identifying and responding to their needs
  • the framework for the two child death review partners (the local authority and any clinical commissioning group for an area, any part of which falls within the local authority) to make arrangements to review all deaths of children normally resident in the local area, and if they consider it appropriate, for those not normally resident in the area.

This document replaces Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015).

Links to relevant supplementary guidance that practitioners should consider alongside this guidance can be found in Appendix B of the document.

Refer to our Working Together 2018 resource.

Children & Social Work Act 2017 – safeguarding reforms

The Children and Social Work Act 2017 can be found at www.legislation.gov.uk

It includes provision for local safeguarding arrangements to replace LSCBs; proposals for local and national practice learning reviews to replace SCRs and reforming CDOP; important proposals on social work regulation, care leavers; the statutory inclusion of PHSE in schools and other measures.

Care Act 2014

The Care Act brought about the Local Safeguarding Adults Boards and can be found at  www.legislation.gov.uk

Government publications regarding Safeguarding Children

Key government issued or updated documents each of which is significant for organisations and individual professionals working with children and families:

National and Government Bodies

Links to some of the national and government bodies that influence the safeguarding profession:


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