LSCB 5 Minute Briefing - New Working Together 2018 published by the DfE

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lscb 5 min briefing

Working Together to Safeguard Children

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The Department for Education has published (4 July 2018) a new Working Together 2018 (WT2018) that sets out new Safeguarding Arrangements for Local Authorities, their statutory partners and wider safeguarding agencies and bodies.

The guidance 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

In addition they have published Transitional Guidance that is in force from 29 June 2018 – to ensure LSCBs have the time and space to move to the new arrangements as set out in WT 2018. The Guidance states “From 29 June 2018, local authority areas must begin their transition from LSCBs to safeguarding partner and child death review partner arrangements. The transition must be completed by 29 September 2019.”

Cumbria LSCB has begun the process to move to the new arrangements and progress will be communicated through our usual channels, in the meantime we will continue to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in Cumbria.