Working together to safeguard children 2018 – key elements



by Sam Preston
19 July 2018
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  • contextual safeguarding;
  • assessment of disabled children and their carers, young carers and those in secure youth establishments;
  • information sharing.
    1. Child Death Reviews- alongside the introduction of the new tri-partnership arrangements, previously statutory Child Death Overview Panels (CDOPs) are replaced by the requirement for ‘child death review partners’ who will determine arrangements to review child deaths. This includes reviews of all deaths of children normally resident in the local area and, if deemed appropriate, any non-resident child who has died in the locality.
    1. Local and National Practice Reviews- nationally from 29th June 2018, a Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel will consider all notifications of serious incidents. They will identify and oversee reviews of serious child safeguarding cases regarded as complex or of national importance. They are also tasked with identifying and publishing a list of potential reviewers who may undertake national reviews. Locally each new tri-partnership must identify serious child safeguarding cases and raise any issues of importance for their area with the national panel. Tri-partnerships are responsible for commissioning and supervising reviewers undertaking local reviews. Full information on the rapid review process is contained within the guidance.
    2. Positions of Trust- The guidance contains a new section on ‘people in positions of trust’. All organisations working with children and families must have clear policies for dealing with allegations made against people working with children. The guidance also makes it clear that those working with children in a voluntary unpaid capacity are subject to the same safeguarding responsibilities as paid employees. Working together to safeguard children 2018 can be located at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/working-together-to-safeguard-children--2





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