The Consultation Process
The public consultation on the draft guidance opened on 21 October 2020 and closed on 31 January 2021. A total of 159 consultation responses were received from a wide range of organisations and individuals. Where respondents have given their permission, responses have been published on Citizen Space. The number and diversity of respondents is a welcome sign that protecting children is increasingly seen as everyone's responsibility.
In addition to the main public consultation, seven virtual stakeholder engagement events were held during November and December 2020. These events were used to engage with Child Protection Committees and practitioners, with a facilitated discussion structured around the consultation questions.
The process of review and drafting of the revised National Guidance has involved extensive discussions with stakeholder groups and individuals prior to, during, and after the consultation to ensure that it takes full account of developments and new thinking. The revision has been an iterative and collaborative process.