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Munro review of child protection: part 1 - a systems analysis

This report sets out the systems approach being taking to understand how reforms interact and the effect the interactions have on practice.

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Protecting children from abuse and neglect has been high on the political agenda for many decades. The reforms introduced by previous Governments have been designed by well-informed and well-intentioned people. However, previous reforms have not led to the expected improvements in frontline practice.

In June, the Secretary of State asked Professor Eileen Munro to conduct an independent review of child protection in England. This report sets out the approach to this important review and the features of the child protection system that need exploring in detail and that will form the focus of subsequent stages of the review.

The first aim is to understand why previous well-intentioned reforms have not resulted in the expected level of improvements.

This report from the Munro Review of Child Protection is purposely analytical. It sets out the systems approach being taking to understand how reforms interact and the effect these interactions are having on practice. It is at the front line where they come together, at present creating an imbalance and distortion of practice priorities.

The Munro Review of Child Protection - Interim Report was published in February 2011, and the Munro Review of Child Protection: Final Report was published in May 2011.

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