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Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Munro Review of Child Protection

Professor Munro has released her third and final report reviewing the child protection system and can be downloaded here –

The report sets out principles for a good child protection system including the following:-

  • Helping children and families involves working with them and therefore the quality of the relationship between the child and family and professionals directly impacts on the effectiveness of help given
  • Early help is better for children: it minimises the period of adverse experiences and improves outcomes for children

Chapter 5 particularly looks at sharing responsibility for the provision of early help and sets out 3 key messages:-

  • Preventative services will do more to reduce abuse and neglect rather than reactive services
  • Co-ordination of services is important to maximise efficiency
  • Within preventative services, there need to be good mechanisms for helping people identify those children and young people who are suffering or likely to suffer harm from abuse or neglect and who need referral to children’s social care