New national guidance for safeguarding children
The Department for Education have published Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013, which replaces the previous edition and acts as revised statutory guidance on safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
The single document is shorter than previous editions and aims to cover the legislative requirements and expectations for all agencies and professionals.
The NHS Commissioning Board have also today published Safeguarding Vulnerable People in the Reformed NHS: Accountability and Assurance Framework which builds on Working Together and provides more detailed advice on how NHS organisations can fulfil their responsibilities and this should be read by all health professionals in conjunction with the statutory guidance.
The RCPCH will be publishing shortly a summary of the new guidance which will highlight the key changes and the implications for paediatricians.