Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 places a statutory duty on key people and bodies to make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Part 1 of this guidance sets out the arrangements that are likely to be common to all or most of the agencies to which the duty applies. There will, however, be differences in how they are applied depending on the functions of each agency. Part 2 deals with implementation in each particular agency to which the section 11 duty applies.

This guidance explains how Board Partners should come together as Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) to coordinate and ensure the effectiveness of partners both individually and together for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including arrangements made under the section 11 duty.

In addition this guidance should be considered alongside the Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education guidance (ref: DFES-04217-2006), issued to support educational organisations in meeting their responsibilities under sections 175 and 157 of the Education Act 2002.

Please note, this is the April 2007 revised version and replaces DFES-1682-2005.

More information about Safeguarding


  • Introduction
  • General Arrangements to Safeguard And Promote Welfare
  • Local Authorities, including District Councils
  • Connexions
  • The National Health Service
  • The Police
  • British Transport Police
  • The Probation Service
  • Youth Offending Teams
  • Prisons
  • Secure Training Centres
  • Appendices