Revised statutory guidance, Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015), came into effect in April 2015.
It was published in response to recommendations from Professor Eileen Munro's report, 'A child-centred system'. This is an interactive version of the guidance.
The guidance sets out the legal requirements that health services, social workers, police, schools and others who work with children, must follow. It places emphasis on safeguarding being everyone's business and the responsibility of all professionals who work with children.
Other resources you may find useful have been added below. Email us if you'd like us to include particular resources or web links that you've found helpful.
- Home Office Guide on Controlling or Coercive Behaviour in an Intimate or Family Relationship
- Home Office Multi-Agency Statutory Guidance on Female Genital Mutilation
- Missing from Home or Care and Runaways Multi-Agency Protocol
- Barnsley Children's Integrated Assessment & Investigation Service including a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Barnsley Council and South Yorkshire Police have co-located their children's social care assessment and police investigation teams and have created a MASH, including partner agencies. Further information about the MASH can be found here.
Dealing with bullying
Every child, young person and adult has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
- Our Anti Bullying Strategy 2014-17 helps to support this.
- The Guardian published article discusses ways in which social workers can tackle cyber-bullying.
- Domestic Violence Signposts: A research review of the impact on children who have experienced domestic violence
- Hidden Hurt: Offers an extensive resource for professionals and families affected by domestic abuse
- Refuge: The national charity supporting women experiencing domestic abuse
- Three Steps to Escaping Violence: Home Office publication explaining how to get help to escape domestic and sexual violence. Copies of this booklet are also available in gujarati; punjabi; arabic; turkish; hindi; somali; bengali; pashto; farsi; welsh; urdu.
- Emotional neglect and abuse: Leaflet containing information about emotional neglect and abuse in pre-school children
- Karma Nirvana: Provides a helpline for advice together with useful resources and information to anyone concerned about Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office Forced Marriage Unit: Provides a range of information and useful publications for professionals
- Shaken Baby Syndrome: Information on the signs, symptoms and effects of shaking a baby.
- Protocol for the management of actual or suspected bruising in non-mobile infants
- Child sexual exploitation screening tool
- Harmful sexual behaviour strategy
- South Yorkshire Police Partnership Information Sharing for CSE
- Item 7 Barnsley CSE Refreshed Strategy
- Research in Practice: Also offers an extensive catalogue of up-to-date articles and information on neglect and related issues.
- In the child's time: Ofsted report exploring the effectiveness of arrangements to safeguard children with particular focus on those aged 10 and under.
- Information Sharing - a pocket guide
- Seven Golden Rules - details of rules for sharing information plus a useful flowchart
- Guide for Parents on Child Abduction: This leaflet provides advice to parents on what to do if another parent or relative takes and keeps a child in another country against their will.
- Disclosure and Barring Service: Information for employers and employees on who needs a CRB check and how to obtain them.
Support for families of offenders
- iHOP: provides a national one-stop information and advice service for all professionals working with children and families of offenders. Barnardos and POPS (Partners of Prisoners Families support group) have joined together to deliver the service with Government funding.
Voluntary and community sector
- Safe Network: Works towards building common safeguarding standards for voluntary and community organisations.