Nothing is more important than children’s welfare.
Parents and carers have the primary responsibility for their children. However, local authorities, working with partner organisations and agencies, have specific duties to safeguard and protect the welfare of all the children in their area and everyone who comes into contact with children has a role to play.
In July 2018, the government published a revised version of Working Together to Safeguard Children: a guide to interagency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. It sets out the legal requirements that health professionals, social workers, police, education professionals and others working with children must follow.
Working Together is statutory guidance and all practitioners working, or having contact with, children and young people are required to read and understand it so they can meet their legal obligation to keep children safe.
As safeguarding partners, we are required to publish a local document that sets out our criteria for action, which you can download here.
In Royal Greenwich, our approach to promoting welfare, safeguarding and child protection is developed around our understanding that children, young people and families are unique.
They are the product of, and active participants in, a complex web of interdependent and changing systems and circumstances.