Changes to ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’

What schools need to know about the impending changes to the Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance


Safeguarding Working TogetherOn 26 February 2018, the government released their response to the ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ consultation, which sought views on the proposed changes to Working Together to Safeguard Children and the draft regulations required to commence the Children and Social Work Act 2017. While not all of the changes impact schools directly, it is important that schools have an understanding of how local safeguarding arrangements will be changing.

The key points for schools
The main change impacting schools is that ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ will include an expectation that all local safeguarding arrangements contain explicit reference to how safeguarding partners plan to involve, and give voice to, all local schools and academies.

Currently, schools have a legal duty to safeguard their pupils; however, they do not need to be consulted on how other agencies deal with safeguarding – the updated statutory guidance will change this.

Despite calls from “a significant number of respondents” for schools to become a fourth safeguarding partner, the government will not go forward with this proposal because the statutory guidance is not able to amend structures set out in law.

Safeguarding partners
The Children and Social Work Act 2017 replaces Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) with new local safeguarding arrangements, which are led by three safeguarding partners. The safeguarding partners will be:

  • the Local Authority
  • the Clinical Commissioning Group
  • the Chief of Police
  • Some of the functions of the safeguarding partners are no different to those of the LSCBs currently. However, we don’t know if this will look different in your area. Some of these functions are:

  • to provide multi-agency training.
  • develop and publish a threshold document which outlines how multi-agency safeguarding arrangements work in their area.
  • publish a report at least once every 12 months, setting out what they and their relevant agencies have done as a result of the safeguarding arrangements, and how effective the arrangements have been.
  • In relation to relevant agencies:

  • The Local Safeguarding Partner Regulations will be revised to include entries for sport and religious organisations.
  • The statutory guidance will be reviewed to ensure the responsibilities of agencies are clearly explained.
  • In relation to the involvement of schools:

  • All relevant statutory guidance, including ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ will clearly explain the roles and responsibilities of schools.
  • As mentioned, the statutory guidance will set the expectation that all local safeguarding arrangements contain explicit reference to how safeguarding partners plan to involve, and give voice to, all local schools and academies.
  • Reviews and the national panel
    A new system of national and local safeguarding practice reviews will replace serious case reviews.

    In relation to reviews:

  • Safeguarding partners must undertake a concise investigative exercise where they receive information about a safeguarding incident within five working days of notification.
  • Child death reviews
    The Children and Social Work Act 2017 outlines the role of child death review partners.

    In relation to child death reviews, the following was confirmed:

  • The child death review process will consider and identify contributory factors to a death that could be modified to reduce the risk of future child deaths.
  • The government intends to provide bereaved families with a key worker to act as a single point of contact during the child death review process.
  • Every child’s death will be reviewed at a child death review meeting involving practitioners directly involved with the child’s care, prior to being discussed by the Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP).

    What’s next?
    An updated version of Working Together to Safeguard Children will be published and the new safeguarding arrangements will come into effect. Local areas will have 12 months from this May to develop and publish their arrangements and an additional three months to fully implement them. You should be notified about these new arrangements at some point during this period.



    Your thoughts?

    How do you feel about the proposed changes? How will they impact you and your school? Do you see these as changes for good? Please share your thoughts using the comments section below.

  • Written by Michael Hawkins on May 21, 2018 11:19

    E-safety Training for Governors

    Helping governors understand their digital safeguarding responsibilities

    Governor Training 2017
    Inspecting Safeguarding

    "In judging the effectiveness of leadership and management, inspectors must also judge whether the school’s arrangements for safeguarding pupils are effective, and whether those responsible for governance ensure that these arrangements are effective."

    - Ofsted School Inspection Handbook.



    The role which the school governor plays in not only developing, but also implementing an e-safety strategy is vital.

    The Department for Education have highlighted a number of key features of effective practice in relation to online safety in schools and Ofsted have placed greater emphasis on inspecting the effectiveness of the governing body in ensuring that schools meet all of these criteria. Governors also need to challenge and support their SLT if they are falling short.

    To help your school governors learn more about their e-safety responsibilities, they can complete this bespoke online training course, written by e-safety consultant, Tim Pinto who has a vast experience of working in education and digital safeguarding. He is also a member of the CEOP Education Advisory Board.

    Register before 31st March 2017 to receive the governor training FREE.

    The course covers:

  • Defining e-safety.
  • Issues facing schools around online safety.
  • UKCCIS guidance.
  • OFSTED inspections.
  • Digital resilience.
  • All school governors are welcome to register for the training before 31st March to receive it free. A link to the training will be send via email on 31st March 2017.

    After 31st March, the training will only be available to E-safety Support Premium Plus members.

    If you are already an E-safety Support Premium Plus member, you can distribute the training to your governors via your E-safety Support Dashboard.

    Written by Safeguarding Essentials on April 04, 2017 09:49

    New anti-bullying programme backed by DfE will help beat bullying


    Internet Matters in partnership with tootoot, and supported by the Department for Education, are inviting schools to take part in a pilot online service to report bullying and cyberbullying concerns.


    Tootoot Make a NoiseThe programme which sits alongside 9 other innovative schemes to tackle bullying, backed with £4.4million of government investment, will enable 120,000 students across 300 schools to report incidents such as bullying, cyber bullying, or homophobic, transphobic and biphobic abuse.

    Online reporting platform
    At the core of the programme will be the award-winning online reporting platform which gives students and parents an easy and simple way to report all issues relating to bullying and cyberbullying.

    To help pupils, parents and staff address the issues raised, the reporting platform will be supplemented by resource hubs dedicated to staff, pupils and parents, and will help schools address the issues or concerns that may be raised through the reporting platform.
    Our aim is to create a one- stop shop for bullying support for school staff, pupils and parent.

  • Reporting platform with resources for students
  • Resource hub and reporting platform for parents
  • Safeguarding platform and resource hub for staff

  • Internet Matters and tootoot are inviting schools and Academies, both directly and via their Local authorities and Multi Academy Trusts, to register to join the 12-month programme, funded by the Department for Education.

    We are holiding 6 regional workshops around the country across the next 12 months. We have already had our first one and our next one is in The North West.

    The next workshop which is in the North West is the 27th March 2017, Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub (Jubilee Way, Orford, Warrington, WA2 8HE).

    There are limited school places available on a first come first serve basis.

    To register your school to take part please click the link makeanoisewarrington.eventbrite.co.uk

    Or if you would live to register your school for future workshops then please register here www.makeanoise.info

    For more info on this initiative visit: www.makeanoise.info or email: info@tootoot.co.uk

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    Written by Michael Brennan on March 09, 2017 10:34


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