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Working Together 2018

New guidance on effective multi-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children has been published. The new Working Together 2018 guidance was published on 4 July 2018. This statutory guidance covers the legislative requirements and expectations on individual services to safeguard and promote the welfare of children; and a framework for Safeguarding Partners, replacing Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) to monitor the effectiveness of local services.

In addition Working together: transitional guidance (2018) has been published.

This is also statutory guidance and its purpose is to support Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs), the new safeguarding and child death review partners, and the new Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel in the transition from LSCBs and serious case reviews (SCRs) to a new system of multi-agency arrangements and local and national child safeguarding practice reviews. This guidance will help them to understand the requirements and to plan and manage their work in the transitional period. They should have regard to it when making their transitional arrangements. It should be read alongside Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.

Working Together to Safeguarding Children: Statutory Framework (2018)

This details the legislation relevant to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners (2018)

This is guidance on information sharing for people who provide safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers.

Worried about someone?

If you want to report any abuse or discuss concerns in relation to children and young people please contact:

In an emergency call the police on 999.

For details of specific safeguarding contacts in your borough, click the relevant link below:

What is abuse and neglect?

A person may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm. Children and young people may be abused in a family, institutional or community setting; by those known to them or, more rarely, by a stranger.

For more information about abuse and spotting its signs see What is abuse and neglect?

Threshold of Needs Guide [PDF] (file size 253Kb)

London Child Protection Procedures

This LSCB adheres to the London Child Protection Procedures.

More information 

Protocols and Procedures
Training and resources