Westminster Education Forum

Next steps for safeguarding children in England - implementing the Children and Social Work Act, strengthening multi-agency working and tackling child sexual abuse

May 2018

This timely seminar brought together policymakers with key stakeholders to assess the priorities for child protection services and the next steps for safeguarding children in England.

Areas for discussion included:

  • The Children and Social Work Act: progress so far in improving multi-agency collaborative partnerships and next steps for collaboration between safeguarding partners, ensuring sufficient provision and engaging in joint targeted area inspections;
  • Establishing Social Work England (SWE): key priorities for social work as the Government consults on creating a new regulator;
  • The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse: challenges ahead for this new organisation in tackling child sexual abuse, and further steps that might be taken using the funding provided by the Home Office;
  • Online safety: opportunities for enhancing protection for children online - including the future responsibilities for internet service providers;
  • Schools: what further support and training will be needed to support schools in meeting their responsibilities and identifying those children at risk of abuse?; and
  • The judicial process: priorities for improving the system to ensure victims are fully supported.

The seminar took place in the context of:

  • Children and Social Work Act: implementation of the Act, including strengthening local multi-agency coordination in safeguarding cases;
  • ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’: Government’s response to its consultation on changes to the statutory guidance for safeguarding agencies, including commitment to give a greater emphasis to schools in the drafted guidance and multi-agency working;
  • Local safeguarding children boards: the announcement from the DfE that, as part of the Act, they will begin a transition period for the replacement of these organisations; and
  • Child protection investigations: concerns from the LGA over the rapidly increasing number of these investigations across the country.


Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Education Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates