The Children and Social Work Act has now received Assent
Update - May 2017
On April 27th, just before the election was called, the Children and Social Work Act received the Royal Assent. You can find a copy of the new Act here
. As well as provision for new local safeguarding arrangements, replacing SCRs and reforming CDOP, the Act contains important proposals on social work regulation, care leavers, the statutory inclusion of PHSE in schools and other clauses.
Here is the implementation timescale as we currently understand it:
Draft orders and regulations will be prepared for the minister after the election, and the revised guidance for 'Working Together' (plus anything else if it does not all come as one document) is being prepared in the summer and will be out for 12 week consultation in the autumn. This was expected to be September but is now probably going to be a little later due to the election. The expectation is that local plans will be drawn up and agreed for implementation by no later than April 2019, but that some areas may propose and have agreed new arrangements ahead of this. Further updates will be provided regularly by AILC.
The latest version of AILC's Briefing on Local Safeguarding Children Arrangements can be found on the Private Member's Government Review Page
as well as a presentation on Future Safeguarding Arrangements, completed by AILC's Chair, David Ashcroft.