LGA responds to revised safeguarding children guidance
- Published on Friday, 22 March 2013 16:43
- Posted by Vicki Mitchem
Responding to the publication of the revised 'Working together to safeguard children guidance', Cllr David Simmonds, Chair of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, said:
"This is a vote of confidence for local authorities and the report rightly recognises that councils have a vital role to play in safeguarding children and are best-placed to quickly identify those in need of protection.
"The significant streamlining of this statutory guidance will reduce bureaucracy to allow councils and their local partners to act together quickly to provide the effective system that our most vulnerable children and families have the right to expect.
"A more flexible approach to timescales and assessment will also allow local authorities to implement robust locally-determined protocols for assessment and internal review processes.
"Protecting children is a top priority for councils and they take their responsibility as champions for children and families extremely seriously. But they cannot do it alone.
"This guidance is clear that the effective safeguarding of children can only be achieved by understanding that the needs of children are paramount with every individual and agency playing their part, working together and fully understanding their responsibilities."