Working Together 2013 is new guidance on effective multi-agency working to safeguard children, replacing “Working Together 2010” as well as other guidance, and representing a radical shift in the way that the child protection system will operate in England.
This includes a new approach to the oversight of serious case reviews, new guidelines for assessing the needs of vulnerable children, and a large reduction in the level of national child protection guidance. Working Together comes into effect from 15 April 2013
-A removal of the distinction between initial and core assessments, replaced by ongoing, locally developed, assessments of need;
-Some statutory timescales for assessing the needs of vulnerable children remain: Assessments must be completed within 45 days;
-The establishment of a national panel to hold LSCB Chairs to account on whether serious case reviews should be carried out, which will be independently reviewed.
-A reversal of the consultation’s proposal for all future serious case reviews to be undertaken using “systems methodology”.
-A requirement on LSCBs to develop a local framework for learning and improvement, including regular reviews of cases that may not meet the criteria for a full serious case review.
-The responsibilities of agencies have also been clarified following consultation, including housing, probation, YOTs, also faith organisations and voluntary and private sectors.
Web-enabled version of the 2013 guidance: