National policies and procedures

An overview of national government guidance, publications and legislation.


Government guidance and publications

Home Office Prevent Strategy: Prevent is part of the National Counter-Terrorism Strategy and aims to stop people being drawn into or supporting terrorism. Read about how we implement the Prevent Strategy in Wandsworth

Working Together to Safeguard Children: this guidance sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. It is addressed to practitioners and front-line managers who have particular responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and to senior and operational managers in organisations that provide services for children.

FGM Risk and Safeguarding - Guidance for Professionals 2020: this guidance has been developed to provide information about the specific issues frequently encountered when dealing with FGM. In addition, it provides a framework which organisations may wish to adopt to support professionals in the ongoing consideration of risks pertaining to FGM. It encourages agencies to cooperate and work together to protect and support those at risk of, or who have undergone, FGM.

This should be considered in conjunction with other relevant safeguarding guidance, including, but not limited to, Working Together to Safeguard Children. This document is not intended to replace wider safeguarding guidance, but to provide additional advice on FGM.

Information Sharing Advice for Professionals (2018): the Department for Education has published advice for safeguarding professionals on information sharing. The advice explains relevant legislation and includes key principles and practicalities of sharing personal information.

What to do if you are worried a child is being abused (2015) - This advice is for anyone whose work brings them into contact with children and families, including those who work in early years, social care, health, education (including schools), the police and adult services. It is relevant to those working in the statutory, voluntary or the independent sector, and applies in relation to all children and young people irrespective of whether they are living at home with their families and carers or away from home.

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 

SEND: guide for parents and carers (2015) - A guide on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND).

SEND: guide for social care professionals (2014) - A guide for social care professionals on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities 

A Whistleblowing Advice Line was launched by NSPCC in February 2016. This has been developed to provide support to employees wishing to raise concerns over how child protection issues are being handled in their own or other organisations. The NSPCC Whistleblowing Advice Line can be reached on 0800 028 0285. The advice line is not intended to replace any current practices or responsibilities of organisations working with children. The helpline advisors would encourage professionals to raise any concerns about a child to their own employer in the first instance. However, the advice line offers an alternative route if whistleblowing internally is difficult or professionals have concerns around how matters are being handled.

Final Report of the Munro Review - the Final Report of the Munro Review of Child Protection, A child-centred system has been published. Professor Munro's analysis finds that local areas should have more freedom to design their own child protection services and that 'one-size-fits-all approach' to child protection is preventing local areas from focusing on the needs of the child. View the government response to the review.

The Bichard Inquiry report (2004) - Sir Michael Bichard's enquiry into child protection procedures in Humberside Police and Cambridgeshire Constabulary in the light of the trial and conviction of Ian Huntley for the murder of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells.

The Victoria Climbie Inquiry report (2003) - The report of Lord Laming's inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of Victoria Climbie.


An introduction to child protection legislation in the UK (NSPCC) - a brief introduction to some of the key legislation that protects children and young people in the UK.