Headlines: January 11th, 2000

The Department of Health, the Home Office and the Department for Education have jointly produced new guidance which sets out how all agencies and professionals should work together to promote children’s welfare.Working Together to Safeguard Children is principally addressed to those who work in the health and education services, the police, social services, the probation service, and others whose work brings them into contact with children and families.

It sets out the role and responsibilities of different agencies and practitioners and outlines the way in which joint working arrangements should be agreed, implemented and reviewed. It also discusses the importance of multi-agency training.

The document is intended to provide a national framework within which agencies and professionals at local level – individually and jointly – draw up and agree upon their own more detailed ways of working together.

Details can be found on the Department of Health website at: www.doh.gov.uk/quality5.htm