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The Updated Working Together to Safeguard Children Statutory Guidance 2023
In December 2023, the Department for Education (DfE) published an updated version of its statutory guidance: Working Together to Safeguard Children (WTTSC) 2023. This update replaces the 2018 statutory guidance. It provides mandatory and recommended advice and actions for organisations and agencies in England to effectively safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.
The new statutory WTTSC guidance is pivotal in aligning with the Government’s strategy for more cohesive children and young people’s social care. Key highlights include the introduction of new principles for working with parents and carers, establishing strong multi-agency partnerships and setting out new national multi-agency child protection standards.
This updated article is available to read on our Smart Horizons website which is a central portal for all our online training courses and resources, which include courses from the Child Protection Company alongside our partner brands for Food Hygiene and Fire Safety training.
The article outlines the new updates in the different sections of the updated WTTSC 2023, which include:
- Updated legislation and a national multi-agency framework that supports a child-centred approach.
- Enhanced multi-agency partnership expectations for practitioners.
- Detailed roles and responsibilities of safeguarding partners, including education and childcare providers.
- Introduction of multi-agency practice standards and organisational responsibilities.
- Focus on support for disabled children and addressing harm outside the home.
- Early Help System Guide – A toolkit to assist local strategic partners responsible for their early help system in their area to work together.
- Revised terminology changes on child death management.
- Accompanying government documents that have been published at the same time as the revised WTTSC 2023.
- A summary of the list of changes and a list of factual changes in the documentation.
Here is the link to read our full updated Working Together to Safeguard Children (WTTSC) 2023 article.
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