Safeguarding and Children Protection covers
In the year 2012 to 2013, just under 600, 000 children in England were referred to local authority children’s social care services because of concerns about their welfare. It is the role of social workers to lead the assessment of the needs of these children and make sure effective action is taken quickly to protect them from harm.
We believe children are best protected when professionals are clear about what is required of them individually and are able to work together in the interest of vulnerable children.
We are committed to raising the quality of social workers and clarifying their responsibilities in helping children. We also need to make sure social workers can exercise their professional judgement in the best interests of vulnerable children.
To make our child protection system more effective and improve the quality of the social work profession, we are:
- making sure that local authorities whose child protection services are judged not good enough by Ofsted improve immediately
- continuing to reform the system of serious case reviews (SCRs) so social workers are able to learn the lessons from serious child protection incidents and improve future services
- attracting high-quality graduates who want to enter social work through the Step Up to Social Work scheme and Frontline pilots
- established a national panel of independent experts that is providing advice to local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) about how to apply SCR criteria and the requirement to publish reports
- appointed Isabelle Trowler as the Chief Child and Family Social Worker - she is in charge of reporting on how effective professionals are at helping children and families and she advises on good social work practice
From December 2009 to March 2012, we ran social work pilots, which looked into the effects of allowing local authorities to delegate services for looked-after children to independent providers. A total of 15 local authorities participated in the pilot.
As a result of the pilots, we changed the law on 12 November 2013 to give all local authorities in England the freedom to delegate their functions relating to looked-after children and care leavers to independent organisations.
In February 2013, Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove asked Sir Martin Narey to conduct an independent review of the education of children’s social workers. We published Sir Martin’s report in February 2014. The report gives 18 recommendations on how we can make the education of social workers more consistently effective.
In line with the recommendations from the Narey review, Chief Social Worker Isabelle Trowler is working to clarify guidance for child and family social workers by making a single statement of what they need to know and understand.
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