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Policies and procedures

In this section you will find our policies and procedures in reference to the safeguarding process.

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015

The Department for Education has revised Working Together (2013) guidance in March 2015.  The most up to date version can be accessed here: Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.

The guidance sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. It is addressed to practitioners and front-line managers who have particular responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and to senior and operational managers in organisations that provide services for children. 

Working Together sets out very clearly the statutory responsibility for all partner agencies. It includes significant additions in relation to clarification of responsibilities and accountabilities, young carers, assessments of children with disabilities, timescales, Prevent, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). It is also updated to take account of recent legislation including the SEND reforms, and recent organisational changes to probation services and NHSE. It is helpfully clear in places about the central importance of working with and seeking children’s wishes and feelings. It retains the 2 key principles:

  • Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility
  • A child-centred approach

The major revisions to WTTSC 2015 include changes to:

  1. The referral of allegations against those who work with children;
  2. Notifiable incidents involving the care of a child; and
  3. The definition of serious harm for the purposes of serious case reviews.

Wandsworth
Safeguarding Children Board

Independent Chair:
Nicky Pace

Business Manager:
Kaied Ghiyatha