Today sees the publication of the final report of the Munro Review of Child Protection. The review was launched in June last year, with a brief to examine current procedures for safeguarding children and the role of social workers (see previous post for details). Since then there have been two interim publications.
The final report states that local areas should have more freedom to design their own child protection services. There are also recommendations to reduce bureaucracy, and a call for frontline social workers to have more say in deciding what is best for at-risk children. The appointment of a chief social worker to liaise between the government and the wider profession is another of the report's recommendations.
You can read the full text of The Munro Review of Child Protection Final Report: A Child-Centred System by clicking here. Further information and all documentation relating to the review is available from this site. In conjunction with the review, the Department for Education has also today published Safeguarding Children Across Services, which is an executive summary of a research programme which helped to inform the Munro review.