National Safeguarding Delivery Unit


On 17 March 2010, NSDU published The Government’s Response to Lord Laming: One Year On as one of a number of publications including the revised statutory guidance, Working Together to Safeguard Children, which comes into force with immediate effect.

For details of the full announcement, visit our news section.

The cross-government National Safeguarding Delivery Unit (NSDU) was set up in direct response to Lord Laming’s, The Protection of Children in England – A Progress Report (March 2009).

The NSDU’s purpose is to:

  • drive improvement in safeguarding standards with better, more consistent practice across the country
  • ensure a strong, coordinated cross-government lead on safeguarding
  • report on progress in safeguarding children, including on the implementation of the Government’s action plan in response to Lord Laming’s report
  • increase public and professional confidence in arrangements for safeguarding children.

The unit became operational in July 2009 and includes staff from the Department of Children, Schools and Families, the Department of Health, the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office as well as senior staff from local authorities and partner organisations. Safeguarding advisers from regional government offices also work as part of the unit.

NSDU has been created to support the safeguarding system, nationally, regionally and locally, to focus on improving practice and developing innovative solutions to new and existing challenges. Priorities in the year ahead include a commitment to find better ways of keeping the needs of children and young people at the centre of policy development and professional practice.

Working with the new Chief Adviser on the Safety of Children, Sir Roger Singleton, the work programme over the next two years includes six priorities which have been established with the close involvement of stakeholders from our national Partnership Network and through consultation with children’s services leaders and practitioners.

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