Response to DfE consultation on changes to statutory guidance 'Working Together to Safeguard Children', new 'child death review' guidance, and new regulations

The LGA welcomes the principle of greater flexibility for local areas to design multi-agency arrangements that work best for their local circumstances, but we have long argued that this flexibility must be couched within a robust regulatory framework to ensure consistency of quality and effectiveness. Unfortunately, we believe that the provisions outlined in the consultation fall some way short of this ambition

The consultation, and subsequently this response, is arranged under three main areas:  

  • the replacement of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) with local safeguarding partners
  • the establishment of a new national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel
  • the transfer of responsibility for child death reviews from Local Safeguarding Children Boards to new Child Death Review Partners

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