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Safeguarding children

Physical punishment: Improving consistency and protection (March 2010)
An independent report by Sir Roger Singleton, Chief Adviser on the Safety of Children and the Government response letter from the Secretary of State.

On 17 March 2010 the cross-Government National Safeguarding Delivery Unit launched The Government’s Response to Lord Laming: One year on as part of a set of documents designed to offer further support and clearer guidance to everyone involved in safeguarding children and young people.

The Government has published Building a Safe and Confident Future: Implementing the recommendations of the Social Work Task Force, which sets out the Government’s long-term commitment to reform social work, working in partnership with the profession, employers and the education sector.  

The Government has published The Chief Adviser on the Safety of Children: First annual report to Parliament (2010). This report includes the views of the Chief Adviser on the Safety of Children about the implementation of the recommendations in Lord Laming’s report, The protection of children in England: A progress report. It also sets out to advise the Government on the effective implementation of safeguarding policy.

1996 Hague Convention on the Protection of Children: Open consultation (March 2010)

Safeguarding children and young people who may be affected by gang activity (March 2010) 

UK Border Agency: Statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (November 2009)

Review of the ‘special case’ files kept by Dr David Southall (September 2009)

Understanding serious case reviews and their impact: A biennial analysis of serious case reviews 2005-2007 (June 2009)
Serious case reviews are undertaken when a child dies or is seriously injured, and abuse or neglect are known or suspected to be factors in the death. They are carried out under the auspices of local safeguarding children boards so that lessons can be learnt locally. This is the fourth biennial overview of serious case reviews across England and was commissioned to draw out themes and trends so that lessons learnt from these cases can inform both policy and practice.

Guidance on the employment of children (August 2009)
Outlines the special rules which apply to the employment of children under the school leaving age.

Safeguarding the young and vulnerable: The Joint Chief Inspectors' recommendations and the Government's responses one year on (July 2009)
The Government’s responses one year on from the Chief Inspectors’ report on arrangements to safeguard children in July 2008.

Safeguarding disabled children: Practice guidance (July 2009)
This guidance is aimed at local safeguarding children board (LSCB) partners and other professionals working with children and young people and their families. It is intended to help them safeguard and promote the welfare of disabled children and young people. It is supplementary to, and should be used in conjunction with, the Government’s statutory guidance, Working together to safeguard children.

Safeguarding children and young people from sexual exploitation (June 2009)
This guidance is aimed at local safeguarding children board (LSCB) partners, practitioners and other professionals working with children and young people. It is intended to help them safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people who are at risk of, or who are being, sexually exploited. It is supplementary to, and should be used in conjunction with, the Government’s statutory guidance, Working together to safeguard children

Review of implementation of guidance on handling allegations of abuse against those who work with children or young people (May 2009)
In 2007, the Department for Children, Schools and Families conducted a review of implementation of guidance on handling allegations of abuse made against those who work with children and young people. The report of the review can be downloaded above. In response to the review we have developed new practice guidance on handling allegations, which was launched for consultation on 13 May and can be downloaded from the DCSF Consultations page. The deadline for responses to the consultation is 7 August 2009.

The protection of children in England: Action plan
The Government's response to Lord Laming's report on child protection
 (May 2009).

The Government has now published an action plan, setting out its detailed response to the recommendations in Lord Laming's report, The protection of children in England: A progress report (March 2009). The action plan is available to download free of charge from ECM publications, or hard copies can be purchased from The Stationery Office.
The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Ed Balls, has written to front-line professionals, emphasising their important role.
Further documents:
- Letter from Sir Roger Singleton, Chief Adviser on the Safety of Children, to the Secretary of State, Ed Balls.
- Letter from Moira Gibb, Chair of the Social Work Taskforce, to Ed Balls and Alan Johnson.
- The Secretary of State's letter of 17 November to Lord Laming, commissioning his report.
- The Government's interim response of 12 March to Lord Laming.
- Slides from the action plan launch event held on 6 May.

For more information, see the full DCSF press notice.

First Report of the Social Work Task Force  (May 2009)
The Government has also published the first report of the Social Work Task Force - a letter from Task Force Chair, Moira Gibb, to Ed Balls and Alan Johnson. The letter sets out the Task Force's advice on implementing Lord Laming's recommendations, including about the future of the Integrated Children's System. The Task Force's letter also sets out the key messages emerging from its extensive consultation with front line workers, service users and others across children and adult's services, and opens the Task Force's Call for Evidence. For more information or to contribute to the Task Force's Call for Evidence go to the DCSF's Social Work Task Force page.

Social Work Task Force: Final report (December 2009)

The Social Work Task Force was commissioned by the Government at the end of 2008 to undertake a comprehensive review of frontline social work practice and to make recommendations for improvements and long-term reform.

The final report of the Task Force (which is based at DCSF and comprises both DCSF and Department of Health staff) sets out some striking recommendations to the Government about a comprehensive programme of reform for social work. The Government response, published on 1 December 2009, agreed with all of the recommendations, and undertook to take them forward.

More detail on the recommendations made, and an electronic version of the report and executive summary can be found on the Social Work Task Force website.

If you are interested in any further information, contact the Social Work Task Force team.

Safeguarding arrangements (Singleton review) (May 2009)
Sir Roger Singleton, as Chair of the Independent Safeguarding Authority, has led a review of safeguarding arrangements in independent schools, non-maintained special schools and all boarding schools in England. The Government has also accepted all Sir Roger Singleton's recommendations and published a full response on 6 May. Both the review and response can be found at the Keeping our schools safe page on Teachernet.

Social Work Transformation Fund
The Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) has been asked to take forward many of the activities announced as part of the Social Work Transformation Fund, including the Return to Social Work campaign. If you are interested in finding out more, including how to get involved, further information is available at the CWDC's Social Work Programme and Return to Social Work Pilot Programme pages.

The protection of children in England: A progress report (12 March 2009)
Lord Laming's far-reaching report was commissioned by the Children's Secretary Ed Balls in November 2008. For more information on the report, and the Government's response, please see the relevant DCSF Press Notice. A letter from the Secretary of State to Lord Laming, setting out the Government's immediate response to Lord Laming's report, is also available. A statement on Lord Laming's report by Ed Balls can be viewed at the DCSF's 'Speeches' page.

A copy of the report can be downloaded free of charge at from the 'Publications' page.
To purchase a hard copy of the report, contact The Stationery Office (TSO).

Safeguarding the young and vulnerable
The Government's response to the third joint Chief Inspectors' report on arrangements to safeguard children (15 December 2008).

Parental learning disability and children's needs (2008)

Child protection, domestic violence and parental substance misuse
(2008)

Keeping Children Safe
(September 2008)
The Government has launched a 12-month child sexual offender disclosure pilot, Keeping Children Safe. A briefing has been sent to key stakeholders.

Safeguarding children in whom illness Is fabricated or induced
  (March 2008)

Safeguarding children who may have been trafficked
(December 2007)

Statement on the duties of doctors and other professionals in investigations of child abuse (July 2007)

Safeguarding children from abuse linked to a belief in spirit possession
(May 2007)

Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 places a statutory duty on key people and bodies to make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Revised statutory guidance on the duty was issued in April 2007.

Schools and further education providers have an equivalent duty through the Education Act 2002, and must have regard to the statutory guidance, Safeguarding children in education, issued in September 2004.

Local authorities and key local partners will need to address the following specific areas:

Partners will also need to consider the statutory guidance on the role of the director and lead member of children's services, as well as the rest of the interlocking Children Act guidance.

Resources
Statutory guidance on making arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children under section 11 of the Children Act 2004

Making safeguarding everyone's business: The Government's response to the second joint Chief Inspectors' report on arrangements to safeguard children

Safeguarding children and safer recruitment in education: Statutory guidance

 


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