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The Department for Education published the updated version of Working Together to Safeguard Children on the 5th July 2018 and this replaces the guidance issued in 2015.

The Department for Education released the updated version of Keeping Children Safe in Education which comes in to force on the 3rd September 2018, until then schools and colleges must continue to use the current statutory guidance dated September 2016. This revised statutory guidance should be read alongside Working Together to Safeguard Children.


In addition from the 29th June 2018 Local Authorities in England must notify the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel within 5 working days of becoming aware of a serious incident.

They should report incidents where the local authority knows or suspects that a child has been abused or neglected and:

  • The child dies (including suspected suicide) or is seriously harmed in the local authority’s area;
  • While normally resident in the local authority’s area, the child dies or is seriously harmed outside England.

Click here for more details of the reporting process.

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