Revised statutory guidance, Working Together to Safeguard Children, 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 are below. Email if you'd like us to include particular resources or web links that you've found helpful.


Every child, young person and adult has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

Child exploitation

Contextual safeguarding

Domestic abuse

Emotional abuse

Information sharing

Missing children


  • Research in Practice - 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 a particular focus on those aged 10 and under.

Physical abuse 

Safer recruitment

Sexual abuse

Support for families of offenders

  • NICCO provides a one-stop information and advice service for all professionals working with children and families of offenders. Barnardo's and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) have joined together to deliver this service.

Voluntary and community sector

  • Safe Network - works towards building common safeguarding standards for voluntary and community organisations

Young carers

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