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MOST IMPORTANT: Consultation on the revised safeguarding

On 12 June Minister Tim Loughton launched a consultation on the revised safeguarding statutory guidance. This consultation covers three documents:

Working Together to Safeguard Children: draft guidance on what is expected of organisations, individually and jointly, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The radically reduced guidance clearly states the law so all organisations know what they and others must do to protect children, importantly it does not tell professionals how to do their job though;

Managing individual cases: the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families: draft guidance on procedures for undertaking assessments of all Children in Need. The guidance proposes to replace nationally prescribed timescales for assessments with a more flexible approach focused on the needs of each child; and

Learning and Improvement Guidance: draft guidance on proposed new arrangements for Serious Case Reviews (SCRs), reviews of child deaths and other learning processes led by Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs). The guidance proposes changes so SCRs get to the heart of what happened in a particular case and why, and set out what improvements need to be made to help prevent recurrence.

The revised guidance, totalling 68 pages, will replace over 700 pages. The three new documents aim to provide essential clarity on requirements while allowing scope for professional judgment and innovation.

The closing date of the consultation will be 4 September 2012.

Further details on the consultation including the draft documents are available in the Consultations section of the DfE website.  

Child Centred Practice is currently preparing a set of briefing notes on the Munro Review and the proposed changes above. This will be added to the website shortly.