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.
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