Four years after the publication of the influential Munro Report (2011) this important publication draws together a range of experts working in the field of child protection to critically examine what impact the reforms have had on multi-agency child protection systems in this country, at both local and national level. With a particular emphasis on early intervention, vulnerable adolescents and effective multi-agency responses to young people at risk, specialists from policy and practice alongside academics in different areas of children’s services consider progress in improving child protection arrangements, in transforming services and the challenges that remain. Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs), the statutory bodies responsible for local scrutiny of child protection arrangements, are now subject to Ofsted inspection and this publication considers the role of LSCBs, how services should respond to the most vulnerable children and what 'good' services look like.
Maggie Blyth is currently Independent Chair of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Boards. For the last nine years she has held a ministerial appointment as Member of the Parole Board for England and Wales. She has also been a Member of the Health and Care Professions Council for three years.
Maggie was formerly a senior civil servant at the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales with oversight of practice improvement for all youth offending services and juvenile secure establishments across both countries. She is co-author (with Enver Solomon) of Effective safeguarding for children and young people: What next after Munro? (Policy Press, 2012).
Foreword ~ Eileen Munro
Introduction ~ Maggie Blyth;
Getting the right things right ~ Mark Gurrey and Eleanor Brazil;
Child protection: 40 years of learning but where next? ~ Ray Jones;
Doing something different: reconfiguring front-line services: opening up the market ~ Chris Wright;
Re-imagining early help: looking forward, looking back ~ Sue White, Kate Morris, Brid Featherstone, Marian Brandon and June Thoburn;
Children should be seen and heard: understanding the child’s experience ~ Jenny Clifton
Responding to adolescent risk: continuing challenges ~ Leslie Hicks
Moving on with Munro: child sexual exploitation within a child protection framework ~ Jenny J. Pearce
Missing children post-Munro ~ Charlie Hedges
Symbolic half-measures? On local safeguarding children boards, their contributions and challenges ~ Michael Preston-Shoot and Martin Pratt;
Conclusion ~ Maggie Blyth.
“This book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding or influencing the future of child protection in England. Our services and professional ethos approach yet another crossroad, defined not least by individual tragedies more so than the unspoken successes. This collection of essays offers cool thought and consideration into a heated and emotive landscape.” John Coughlan, Director of Children’s Services, Hampshire County Council
“Keeping the ship afloat on the turbulent tides of multi-agency child safeguarding has never been more challenging. This publication creates a precious space in which we can reflect on the impact of the external influences and cultural shifts, which have the potential to both enable and disable our best efforts to respond to the recommendations of the Munro review." Sue Woolmoore, independent child protection specialist
“At a time when the public discourse is often seeking black and white answers to high profile child protection failings this volume provides policy makers and practitioners with a measured and reflective analysis that is much needed.” Enver Solomon, Director of Evidence and Impact, National Children’s Bureau
"A valuable insight into the operation of the child protection system and how services for our most vulnerable children can be improved." Journal of Children and Poverty
"A nourishing and recommended read for busy people." Research, Policy and Planning
"The book supports students' undertsanding of how safeguarding practice fits within the legal framework and is current with a good section on early help." Amanda Crow, University of Huddersfield.