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Working Together to Safeguard Children


Working Together to Safeguard Children 2023 is the government’s statutory guidance for all organisations and agencies who work with, or carry out work related to, children in the United Kingdom. The guidance aims to set the goalposts for inter-agency working and for promoting the welfare of children from all backgrounds, in all settings.

You can read more about the guidance on tri-x.

In terms of the specific changes that have been introduced in Working Together 2023, and how these impact your roles, please refer to our Partnership Working Briefing.

Definitions of abuse

Definitions of the different types of child abuse and related terminology are included in Working Together to Safeguard Children. Key definitions are highlighted in this glossary.

If you are worried about the safety or wellbeing of a child or young person in Devon,
please complete the request for support online form.


If you think that the child is at risk of significant harm,
contact our Front Door directly by calling 0345 155 1071.


In an emergency call 999.