The Department for Education said it would set out new measures to improve support for vulnerable children and families in Britain, following the publication of a final report by the country’s latest review of children’s social care.

LexisNexis provides a very good summary of this development, an extract of which is added below:

“The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that it is setting out new measures to improve and fundamentally shift the lives of England’s most vulnerable children and families following the recommendations in Josh MacAlister’s independent review of children’s social care.

The measures include setting up a National Implementation Board, working with local authorities to strengthen efforts to recruit more foster carers, reframing and refocusing the support social workers receive in their early careers, joining up data from across the public sector, and developing a National Children’s Social Care Framework.

According to the DfE, seven areas of England will receive funding to set up family hubs and local authorities will receive funding for its schemes and continued delivery of the Social Workers in Schools and Designated Safeguarding Lead Supervision programmes.”

Some of the measures have concerned child welfare campaigners and social workers engaged in reforming the system, who believe the measures are likely to increase the forced removal of children through unnecessary government intervention. They say the proposals could lead to government bodies being given more powers to remove children at will, rather than offering appropriate support which would keep families together.

Other campaigners have criticised the review for failing to look carefully at SEND children and disabled families, and for largely ignoring key issues inside the sector.

The review’s final report can be accessed here.