Working Together 2018: What’s Different?

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If you work with or around children in the United Kingdom, you might already be aware of Working Together 2018 changes and how they impact your role.   What is Working Together 2018? ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children’ is the government’s statutory guidance…

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Heightened risk of gang grooming for excluded children

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The Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield believes school exclusions may be contributing towards gang violence and so-called ‘gang grooming’ amongst children in the United Kingdom. “Anecdotally, people report that more children who aren’t in mainstream education are being marginalised and are more vulnerable to gangs, who are preying on them and grooming them. What I want…

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Government issues standard definition of Child Sexual Exploitation

This week, the government has issued a standard definition of Child Sexual Exploitation in their CSE Guidance document. While there have been several definitions in the past, there has never been an agreed definition, and concern was raised over previous definitions not accurately reflecting the role of the internet in CSE. The standard definition of…

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Child protection protocols in schools should be stronger

Parents might well believe that if a teacher suspects that a student is being abused by a member of staff, the allegation must be reported to the local authority or police for independent investigation but this isn’t actually the case. Safeguarding Children And Safer Recruitment In Education is the government’s current guidance document which suggests…

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Working Together to Safeguard Children 2012

Following closure last month of the consultation on the Working Together to Safeguard Children document, it’s been announced that the new document will be significantly reduced in order to reduce bureaucracy for all agencies involved. The document is effectively the protocol manual used by all agencies for child protection and safeguarding procedures. The 2010 version…

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