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Working Together to Safeguard Children July 2018 Updated

Working Together to Safeguard Children July 2018 Updated

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REVISED July 2018 Edition - (YOU WILL RECIEVE THE JULY 2018 EDITION) 

 

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All children have the right to a safe, loving, and stable childhood. Whilst it is parents and carers who have primary care for their children, local authorities have overarching responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people in their area. They have a number of statutory functions under the 1989 and 2004 Children Acts, which make this clear, and this guidance sets these out in detail. Local authorities have specific duties in relation to children in need and children suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm, regardless of where they are found, under sections 17 and 47 of the Children Act 1989.

The Director of Children’s Services and Lead Member for Children’s Services in local authorities are the key points of professional and political accountability, with responsibility for the effective delivery of these functions. Whilst local authorities play a lead role, safeguarding children, promoting their welfare and protecting them from harm is everyone’s responsibility.

Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.

1  Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined for the purposes of this guidance as:

• protecting children from maltreatment •

preventing impairment of children's health or development

•ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care

• taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes  Local agencies, including the police and health services, also have a duty under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 to ensure that they consider the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children when carrying out their functions.

Under section 10 of the same Act, similar ranges of agencies are required to co-operate with local authorities to promote the wellbeing of children in each local authority area (see chapter 1). This co-operation should exist and be effective at all levels of the organisation, from strategic level through to operational delivery.

Practitioners working in agencies with these duties are responsible for ensuring that they fulfil their role and responsibilities in a manner consistent with the statutory duties of their employer.

The 2017 Children and Social Work Act sets out how agencies must work together by placing new duties on the police, clinical commissioning groups and the local authority to make arrangements to work together and with other partners locally to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in their area.

 

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