Government response

Tim Loughton responds to 'The Guardian' letter on child protection

Children's Minister writes in response to a letter in 'The Guardian' in May 2011 on Professor Munro's review of child protection.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Sir

To say I am delaying the consideration of Professor Munro’s review of child protection is inaccurate. The review was not launched as a knee-jerk reaction to a high-profile case and Professor Munro has produced a most thorough approach to how we overhaul the current bureaucratic tick-box system. We want to give it the careful consideration it deserves and that process is under way.

It is vital we understand how we turn the recommendations into practice for social workers on the frontline to secure sustainable reform for the long term. To do this we will be working closely with experts from across the children’s sector.

We will respond to Professor Munro’s recommendations this summer.

Tim Loughton

Children’s Minister

Published 17 May 2011