The Department for Education published a new edition of its statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children in December 2023 (WT2023). The 2023 edition replaces Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018, which underwent a limited factual update in 2020.
The guidance outlines what organisations and agencies must and should do to help, protect, and promote the welfare of all children and young people under the age of 18 in England.
The revisions to the guidance focus on strengthening multi-agency working across the whole system of help, support and protection for children and their families, keeping a child-centred approach while bringing a whole-family focus, and embedding strong, effective, and consistent multi-agency child protection practice.
The main changes in WT2023, include updates around: