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Published: 20th July 2016 at 9:00 am. Posted in News & Events.

HM Government response to consultation re changes to Working Together to Safeguard Children.

Alan Wood’s review of the role and functions of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs), published in May 2016, found widespread agreement that the current system of local multi-agency child safeguarding arrangements needed to change. He proposed a new model that would ensure collective accountability across local authorities, the police and health. He also recommended a new system of local and national reviews, to replace serious case reviews; and new arrangements for child death reviews.

The review’s key recommendations are now included in the Children and Social Work Act 2017.

Following the passage of the Act in April 2017, the Government has worked to revise the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children, and draft the regulations required to commence the legislation. The public consultation on these draft documents ran from 25 October 2017 to 31 December 2017. During this period, the Government also held a series of nine regional consultation events across England.

HM Government has published a document summarising the results of the consultation, and sets out the Government’s response

This document can be accessed via the attached link:  Working Together Government Response