The number of children entering the child protection system has risen dramatically in the last three years with implications for children's services and partner agencies. This timely volume takes a critical look at the impact of the Munro Review (2011) on child protection and the Government's response. It looks at questions including how effective Local Safeguarding Children Boards are in providing the necessary scrutiny to ensure children are safe, how the early offer of help at local level might reduce the numbers of children at the critical end of the spectrum and whether reducing regulation from the centre will result in better outcomes for the most vulnerable? Moreover, it also considers those young people who traditionally bypass child protection services but remain at risk of harm. These are critical questions for both policy and practice in understanding the reforms Munro states are required. Contributions from leading experts working in the child protection system review current safeguarding policy and explore the future after Munro.
"In this timely volume Maggie Blyth and Enver Solomon have brought together experts in the field to assist in meeting current challenges in child safeguarding. Although they raise almost as many questions as answers they assist in pointing the way towards the shift in thinking required to develop better ways of protecting children in future." Sarah Andrews, Director of Nursing and Quality, NHS Kent and Medway
"Valuable, relevant and up to date" Patrick Alan Donnelly, New College Durham
"In a series of thoughtful and thought provoking, well argued, chapters this book brings together academic perspectives with practice experience to stimulate the thinking of children's service professionals, LSCB partners and policy makers alike." Martin Pratt, Corporate Director, Children & Learning, Luton Borough Council
"A thoughtful and insightful selection of articles examining the way forward." Detective Superintendent Martin Lakeman, Head of Public Protection, West Mercia Police
Maggie Blyth is Independent Chair of Kent Safeguarding Children Board. She has been a member of the Parole Board for England and Wales since 2005 and of the UK Health Professions Council since 2010. Prior to this she was senior policy adviser to the Youth Justice Board.
Enver Solomon is Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the Children's Society. He has extensive experience of lobbying government and influencing policy to improve outcomes, particularly for the most disadvantaged children.
Foreword ~ Maggie Atkinson; Introduction ~ Maggie Blyth and Enver Solomon; Early intervention ~ Colin Green; Local safeguarding children boards: faith, hope and evidence ~ Michael Preston-Shoot; The child's voice in the child protection system ~ Jenny Clifton; Parental mental health, risk and child protection: what does Munro mean to child protection and adult mental health? ~ Andrew Coombe; Adolescent-to-parent abuse and frontline service responses: does Munro matter? ~ Amanda Holt; Older children and the child protection system ~ Gwyther Rees and Mike Stein; Serious case review ~ John Fox; Conclusion ~ Enver Solomon and Maggie Blyth.