Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Child Protection: The Munro (Interim) Report

In June 2010, Professor Eileen Munro was asked by the Secretary of State for Education (Michael Gove MP) to conduct a review of Child Protection arrangements.  To date, Professor Munro has produced two reports:

The Munro Review of Child Protection: Part One, A system's analysis - (here)

The Munro Review of Child Protection: Interim Report, The Child's Journey - (here)

Further information may be seen via the Department for Education website - (here) 

A final report is expected by April 2011.

In the preface to her latest report, Professor Munro comments that she is mindful of financial restraints but says that this review of child protection has been fortunate in being the first not to have been initiated in response to a particular tragedy.  Her final report in April "will not seek a series of superficial quick fixes – in a system as complex as the child protection system, there are no quick fixes to be had. There are, however, barriers to good practice which can be removed and incentives to better practice which can be put in place. I hope that the result will be a recalibration of the whole system around the immediate needs of the individual children and families that it seeks to serve."

Regrettably, the fact remains that the present financial climate is likely to be productive of more social misery bringing with it the possibility of more "at risk" children.  This will combine with reductions in Local Authority frontline services.

Children and Young People Now - Ofsted should no longer evaluate serious case reviews, finds Munro Report - 1st February 2011.

Other posts:
Government announces review of child protection arrangements - 10th June 2010
Khyra Ishaq - 26th February 2010
Khyra Ishaq - 28th July 2010

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