The independent review of children’s social care in England has published its Case for change, setting out current problems faced by children’s social care. Findings include: there needs to be a shift in focus from assessing and investigating families to providing support; when children reach the threshold of child protection there need to be more decisive action; and children in care need more support. The report emphasises that these changes will not be possible without addressing systemic issues, including: escalating costs, a lack of national coordination of policy and a lack of support for the children’s social care workforce. The review is calling for feedback, as well as further ideas, views and evidence, by the 13 August 2021. NSPCC Learning will publish a CASPAR briefing summarising key points from the Case for change next week.
Download the report: The case for change (PDF)
Read the BBC news story: Care services too focused on investigating families in crisis, says review
Source: The independent review of children’s social care
Date: 17 June 2021