The Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership

Working Together and Information Sharing Guidance 2018

Working Together to Safeguard Children July 2018 is statutory guidance that replaces Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015. The new guidance supports key changes put into law by the Social Work and Children Act 2017.

What’s different?

Local Safeguarding Children's Boards are no longer statutory and will be replaced by Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements or MASA. The new arrangements must be in place and published by June 2019.

The guidance does not prescribe what this new arrangement should look like, only that responsibility rests with three safeguarding partners ‘with a shared and equal duty to make arrangements to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in a local area’

These partners will provide the strategic leadership for safeguarding children.

Under the Children’s Act 2004 as amended by the Children and Social Work Act 2017; these three safeguarding partners are:

  •  the local authority Chief Executive
  • a clinical commissioning group for an area any part of which falls within the local authority area
  • the chief officer of police for an area any part of which falls within the local authority area.

Many of the functions that the new MASA will undertake will be similar to those under Local Children Safeguarding Boards. Such as implementing local and national learning from serious case reviews. Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership is currently working on what these new
arrangements will look like, but they must support local organisations and agencies in working together to ensure that:

  • children are safeguarded and their welfare promoted
  • partner organisations and agencies collaborate, share and co-own the vision for how to achieve improved outcomes for vulnerable children
  • organisations and agencies challenge appropriately and hold one another to account effectively
  • there is early identification and analysis of new safeguarding issues and emerging threats
  • learning is promoted and embedded in a way that local services for children and families can become more reflective and implement changes to practice
  • information is shared effectively to facilitate more accurate and timely decision making for children and families.

For more information on Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership please contact

The DfE has provided advice on information sharing for practitioners involved in safeguarding service to Children and Young People this guidance has been update to reflect GDPR (general data protection regulation) it supercedes previous guidance published in March 2015.


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