|Title:||Working in Partnership to Transform Child Protection: Delivering a Child-Centred System|
|Date:||Thursday 3rd November 2011|
|Time:||10.15am – 4:30pm|
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|Nushra Mansuri, Professional Officer (England), British Association of Social Workers|
|Willma King, Senior Consultant for Safeguarding, NSPCC|
Pledging to significantly improve the quality of child protection services in the UK, the Government commissioned Professor Eileen Munro to undertake a wide-ranging review of front-line child protection practices. Envisaging a system focused on the needs of the child and the journey they take through the child protection system, Professor Munro’s review, ‘A child-centred system’ (May 2011), outlined a radical new approach, measuring the success of services by the end result for the child, rather than by how well certain processes and procedures have been carried out. The review argued that significantly reducing the current level of central prescription and regulation would enable local areas to develop their own child protection services according to local needs, and free professionals to use their expertise to fully assess a child and provide the right help.
However, whilst seeking to empower social workers to exercise greater professional judgement, the Munro review also underlined the need to improve the knowledge and skills of social workers, from training through to CPD. The current career structure must also be reformed to facilitate a more varied career path and a stronger voice for practitioners in management to drive up standards. A more responsive system will also require better and more extensive multi-agency working, supported by clear lines of accountability, a new duty on local services to clarify responsibilities and a new inspection framework to measure the effectiveness of each service’s contribution to safeguarding a child.
Accepting the Munro review’s recommendations, the Government has begun the process of creating the conditions for sustained, long term reform of the child protection system. This timely symposium offers an invaluable opportunity to consider the Government’s response to the review’s recommendations and explore the next steps in delivering a child-centred system that champions professional expertise.
|09:30||Registration and Morning Refreshments|
|10:15||Chair‘s Welcome and Introduction|
Panel Session One :
A New Direction in Child Protection: Delivering a Child-Centred System
|11:15||Morning Coffee Break|
|11:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel One|
Panel Session Two:
Developing the Social Care Workforce and Supporting Effective Practice
|14:15||Afternoon Coffee Break|
|14:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel Two|
|15:30||Chair’s Summary and Closing Comments|
“ A one-size-fits-all approach is not the right way for child protection services to operate. Top down government targets and too many forms and procedures are preventing professionals from being able to give children the help they need and assess whether that help has made a difference...
…Whilst reducing prescription is a key theme of my recommendations, it is important to keep rules that help local services work together better. Professionals in social services, health, education and the police need to know what to expect of each other. I have therefore recommended a new duty on local services to coordinate early help for families because this is vital if we are to prevent less severe problems escalating to neglect or abuse.”
— Professor Eileen Munro, May 2011
“ The system is… not helping professionals to do their best for children and young people. That has to change. The Government is determined to work with all involved with safeguarding children to bring about lasting reform. Together, we want to build a child protection system where the focus is very firmly on the experience of the child or young person’s journey from needing to receiving help. That means reducing central prescription and interference and placing greater trust in local leaders and skilled frontline professionals.”
— A Child-Centred System: The Government’s response to the Munro review of child protection, July 2011