The Munro review of child protection: final report. A child-centred system: a review and commentary

Ainsworth, Frank, and Hansen, Patricia (2011) The Munro review of child protection: final report. A child-centred system: a review and commentary. Children Australia, 36 (3). pp. 164-168.

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In June 2010 the Secretary of State for Education in England asked Professor Eileen Munro, Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics, to conduct an independent review of child protection in England. As Professor Munro says in her third and final report, she: 'sets out recommendations that taken together, will help to reform the child protection system from being over bureaucratised and concerned with compliance to one that keeps a focus on children, checking whether they are being effectively helped, and adapting when problems are identified.' This article, which is a selective review of the final report, firstly cites the principles of an effective child protection system and then the principles to guide 'risk-sensible' decision-making as put forward in the report. It concludes with the 15 major recommendations of the Munro report and makes some comment and comparisons with recent Australian state- and territory-based reviews of child protection services.

Item ID: 19259
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 2049-7776
Keywords: service principles; risk; professional expertise; learning; developing expertise; organisational context
Date Deposited: 21 May 2012 04:37
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare @ 100%
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