This section offers information and resources about the systems in place to protect children from abuse or neglect and ensure they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
Departmental advice to help local authorities understand their responsibilities under Article 56 of Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003.
Departmental advice 29 October 2013
Full text of a draft direction to Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council to secure improvements to children’s services, and accompanying letter to the Mayor of Doncaster.
General article 26 September 2013
Guidance on how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and how practitioners should conduct the assessment of children.
Statutory guidance 19 August 2013
Information about court orders set out in the Children Act, and the roles of the police and Cafcass.
Statutory guidance 30 April 2013
Information about the Government's decision to withdraw the subsidy for enhanced criminal records checks from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for Ofsted registered childcare from 1 July 2013 and the new DBS updating service.
General article 26 April 2013
Updates and progress reports on the national action plan for tackling child sexual exploitation.
General article 05 April 2013
Guidance for local authorities regarding children who run away from home.
Statutory guidance 18 March 2013
Information on the Residential Family Centres Regulations 2013 and National Minimum Standards.
General article 07 March 2013
Information about the consultation on legislation around child performance, including an overview of Sarah Thane's review and details of the Government's response to it.
General article 26 February 2013
Information about consultation on on the guidance for disclosure and barring.
General article 03 December 2012