Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Consultation on Revised Safeguarding Statutory Guidance launched

The Government has today launched its Consultation on Revised Safeguarding Statutory Guidance. The consultation seeks views on the following:
  • Radically reduced guidance that clearly states the law so all organisations know what they and others must do to protect children. It does not tell professionals how to do their job, but provides a checklist setting out their duties.
  • New guidance on undertaking assessments of children in need. The guidance proposes to replace nationally prescribed timescales for assessments with a more flexible approach focused on the needs of each child.
  • New guidance on Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) to help all services properly learn the lessons from them. The guidance proposes changes so SCRs get to the heart of what happened in a particular case and why, and set out what improvements need to be made to help prevent recurrence.
You can read the consultation document here, and a Department for Education press notice here. In addition, the DfE has produced this video, in which Children's Minister Tim Loughton explains the Government's plans to overhaul the child protection system, "helping social workers and other professionals to do better for vulnerable children":

The DfE has also today uploaded some 23 videos on the subject of childhood neglect. In some, victims discuss their experiences. Other videos show social workers and others involved in the child protection system. All of the videos are "part of a framework of training resources for professionals working with neglected children", and can be viewed on the Department for Education YouTube channel.

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