Schools play a vital role in safeguarding children and young people, yet there has been little research into how schools identify and respond to child protection concerns, and their engagement with local authority children’s services.
This book highlights the findings of a major ESRC-funded study on the child protection role played by schools, their decision-making processes and involvement in inter-agency working. Crucial reading for academics, practitioners and managers in children’s social care and education, it evaluates the impact of recent policy developments, including the Academies and Free Schools programme, as well as the restructuring of local authority children’s services.
Mary Baginsky is a Senior Research Fellow in the NIHR Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College London.
Jenny Driscoll is a Senior Lecturer in Child Studies in the School of Education, Communication and Society, Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy at King’s College London.
Jill Manthorpe is Director of the NIHR Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College London.
Carl Purcell is a Research Associate in the NIHR Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College London.
Ben Hickman is Research Director at Myriad Research and a Visiting Research Fellow at the NIHR Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College London.
Making sense of schools and multi-agency working in the changed educational landscape;
Part I: The national picture;
A historical perspective: The evolving role of schools in safeguarding and child protection;
Reflections from Dr Susannah Wright, Senior Lecturer in Education Studies, School of Education, Oxford Brookes University;
Contemporary challenges: Views from local authorities and the ‘field’;
Reflections from Anne Edwards, Professor Emerita, Department of Education, University of Oxford;
Part II: Schools’ perspectives;
How schools are responding to safeguarding and the challenges they face;
Meeting the threshold: Referral to children’s social care services;
Beneath the threshold: ‘Early help’ and schools’ support for children and families;
Reflections from Dr Alun Rees, Alun Rees Learning Limited and Consultant to the Rees Centre for the Study of Fostering and Education, University of Oxford;
Part III: Concluding thoughts;
Schools and safeguarding: aligning expectations with reality