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Working Together to Safeguard Children

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in accordance with the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004.

It is important that all practitioners working to safeguard children and young people understand fully their responsibilities and duties as set out in primary legislation and associated regulations and guidance.

The responsibility for safeguarding children belongs to everyone. Children will only be safe if families, communities and professionals work together to promote their welfare. It is important that all members of the community understand that child protection is a concern for everyone and that effectiveness of professional agencies will depend on the awareness and support of the public. All children should be safe and able to develop to their full potential. The protection of vulnerable children is vital and child protection procedures must be effective and work consistently across organisational boundaries

All professionals working in East Sussex should refer to the Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures for recognising, reporting and investigating child abuse and neglect.