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Safeguarding Children: Working Together Under the Children Act 2004

This Guidance is aimed at Chief Officers and all managers and practitioners in those bodies named in sections 28 and 31 of the Children Act 2004. It is intended to enable them to review their current policies, procedures and practices, analyse the current state of safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare within their bodies and decide what steps are necessary in order to implement the Guidance.

It sets out how all agencies and professionals should work together to safeguard and promote children's welfare and protect them from harm. It is addressed to all statutory partners on Local Safeguarding Children Boards and others whose work brings them into contact with children and families. It is relevant to those working in the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors.

The bodies that are subject to the duty in section 28 of the Children Act 2004 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children are:

a local authority;

  • a Local Health Board;
  • an NHS trust all or most of whose hospitals, establishments and facilities are situated in Wales;
  • the police authority and chief officer of police for a police area in Wales;
  • the British Transport Police Authority, so far as exercising functions in relation to Wales;
  • a local probation board for an area in Wales;
  • a youth offending team for an area in Wales;
  • the governor of a prison or secure training centre in Wales (or, in the case of a contracted out prison or secure training centre, its director);
  • any person to the extent that he is providing services pursuant to arrangements made by a children's services authority in Wales under section 123(1)(b) of the Learning and Skills Act 2000 (c. 21)(youth support services).