This guidance sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and how practitioners should conduct the assessment of children.

This guidance replaces Working Together to Safeguard Children (2010); The Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (2000); and statutory guidance on making arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 (2007). Links to relevant supplementary guidance that professionals should consider alongside this guidance can be found at Appendix C of this guidance.

The guidance will come into effect from 15 April 2013.


  • Chapter 1: Assessing need and providing help
  • Chapter 2: Organisational responsibilities
  • Chapter 3: Local Safeguarding Children Boards
  • Chapter 4: Learning and improvement framework
  • Chapter 5: Child death reviews
  • Appendix A: Glossary
  • Appendix B: Statutory framework
  • Appendix C: Further sources of information