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.
The evolving role of schools in safeguarding and child protection: Making Sense of schools and multi-agency working in the changed educational landscape (Reflection by Professor Harry Fergusson) ~ Mary Baginsky;
Making Sense of schools and multi-agency working in the changed educational landscape ~ Mary Baginsky;
Interagency working: what does it mean in the contemporary English child protection system and the implications for schools? ~ Mary Baginsky and Jill Manthorpe;
Understandings of local practice in inter-agency working and the implications for schools’ engagement ~ Mary Baginsky and Ben Hickman;
Reflection on Chapters 3 and 4 by Professor Anne Edwards – tbc;
Meeting the Threshold: Referral to Children’s Social Care Services (Reflection by Deborah Woodward tbc) ~ Jenny Driscoll;
Early intervention: In-School Support for Children and Families and Schools’ Engagement with Multi-agency Early Help Arrangements
(Reflection by Heather Freeman) ~ Jenny Driscoll and Carl Purcell;
Doing it All? Contemporary Safeguarding Challenges for Schools (Reflection by Dr Alun Rees) ~ Jenny Driscoll;
Conclusions ~ Mary Baginsky, Jenny Driscoll, Jill Manthorpe, Carl Purcell, Ben Hickman