Munro, Eileen

Professor Eileen Munro CBE 


Position held

Professor of Social Policy


Experience keywords:

child abuse; child protection; mental health risk assessment; risk assessment

Research summary > [Click to expand]

Risk assessment and management in child protection and mental health work.

Media experience:

Radio; TV

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Munro, Eileen and Hardie, Jeremy (2018) Why we should stop talking about objectivity and subjectivity in social work British Journal of Social Work. ISSN 1468-263X (In Press)

Munro, Eileen (2018) Decision making under uncertainty in child protection: creating a just and learning culture Child and Family Social Work. ISSN 1356-7500


Munro, Eileen and Cartwright, Nancy and Hardie, Jeremy and Montuschi, Eleonora (2017) Improving child safety: deliberation, judgement and empirical research CHESS working paper, Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS), Durham, UK.

Caffrey, Louise and Munro, Eileen (2017) A systems approach to policy evaluation Evaluation, 23 (4). 463-478. ISSN 1356-3890


Lane, David C. and Munro, Eileen and Husemann, Elke (2016) Blending systems thinking approaches for organisational analysis: reviewing child protection in England European Journal of Operational Research, 251 (2). 613-623. ISSN 0377-2217


Munro, Eileen and Musholt, Kristina (2014) Neuroscience and the risks of maltreatment Children and Youth Services Review, 47 (1). 18-26. ISSN 0190-7409


Turnell, Andrew and Munro, Eileen and Murphy, Terry (2013) Soft is hardest: leading for learning in child protection services following a child fatality Child Welfare, 92 (2). 199-216. ISSN 0009-4021

Munro, Eileen and Taylor, Julie S. and Bradbury-Jones, Caroline (2013) Understanding the causal pathways to child maltreatment: implications for health and social care policy and practice Child Abuse Review, 23 (1). 61-74. ISSN 1099-0852


Munro, Eileen (2011) Child protection must focus on the child, not on rules and targets British Politics and Policy at LSE (14 Feb 2011) Blog entry

Munro, Eileen and Hubbard, A. (2011) A systems approach to evaluating organisational change in children's social care British Journal of Social Work, 41 (4). 726-743. ISSN 1468-263X

Munro, Eileen (2011) The Munro review of child protection: final report, a child-centred system CM, The Stationery Office, London, UK. ISBN 9780101806220


Munro, Eileen (2010) Conflating risks: implications for accurate risk prediction in child welfare services Health, Risk and Society, 12 (2). 119-130. ISSN 1369-8575

Munro, Eileen (2010) Learning to reduce risk in child protection British Journal of Social Work, 40 (4). 1135-1151. ISSN 1468-263X

Cartwright, Nancy and Munro, Eileen (2010) The limitations of randomized controlled trials in predicting effectiveness Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 16 (2). 260-266. ISSN 1356-1294


Munro, Eileen (2009) Managing societal and institutional risk in child protection Risk Analysis, 29 (7). 1015-1023. ISSN 0272-4332


Munro, Eileen (2008) Lessons from research on decision-making In: Lindsey, Duncan and Shlonsky, Aron, (eds.) Child Welfare Research: Advances for Practice and Policy. Oxford University Press, New York, NY; Oxford, UK, 194-200. ISBN 9780195304961

Fish, Sheila and Munro, Eileen and Bairstow, Sue (2008) Learning together to safeguard children: developing a multi-agency systems approach for case reviews Children services' reports, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), London, UK.

Munro, Eileen (2008) Effective child protection 2nd, Sage Publications, Los Angeles, USA. ISBN 9781412946957


Munro, Eileen (2007) Child protection SAGE course companions. SAGE Publications, London. ISBN 9781412911788

Munro, Eileen (2007) The dangers of information sharing Social Policy Journal of New Zealand (31). ISSN 1172-4382

Anderson, Ross and Brown, Ian and Clayton, Richard and Dowty, Terri and Korff, Douwe and Munro, Eileen (2007) Children's databases - safety and privacy: a report for the information commissioner Information Commissioners Office, Wilmslow, UK.

Munro, Eileen and Parton, Nigel (2007) How far is England in the process of introducing a mandatory reporting system? Child Abuse Review, 16 (1). 5-16. ISSN 1099-0852

Munro, Eileen (2007) Confidentiality in a preventive child welfare system Ethics and Social Welfare, 1 (1). 41-55. ISSN 1749-6543


Munro, Eileen (2005) A systems approach to investigating child abuse deaths British Journal of Social Work, 35 (4). 531-546. ISSN 0045-3102

Munro, Eileen (2005) What tools do we need to improve identification of child abuse? Child Abuse Review, 14 (6). 374-388. ISSN 0952-9136

Munro, Eileen and Calder, Martin (2005) Where has child protection gone? Political Quarterly, 76 (3). 439-445. ISSN 0032-3179

Munro, Eileen (2005) Improving practice : child protection as a systems problem Children and Youth Services Review, 27 (4). 375-391. ISSN 0190-7409


Munro, Eileen (2004) The impact of child abuse inquiries since 1990 In: Stanley, Nicky and Manthorpe, Jill, (eds.) The Age of the Inquiry. Routledge, London. ISBN 0415283167

Munro, Eileen (2004) Can "tracking" children reduce the harm of poverty? Child Poverty Action Group Journal (119). 7-10. ISSN 0032-5856

Munro, Eileen (2004) Mental health tragedies: investigating beyond human error Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 15 (3). 475-493. ISSN 1478-9949

Munro, Eileen (2004) State regulation of parenting Political Quarterly, 75 (2). 180-184. ISSN 0032-3179

Munro, Eileen (2004) A simpler way to understand the results of risk assessment instruments Child and Youth Services Review, 26 (9). 873-883. ISSN 0190-7409

Munro, Eileen (2004) Improving safety in medicine - a systems approach British Journal of Psychiatry, 185 (1). 3-4. ISSN 0007-1250

Munro, Eileen (2004) The impact of audit on social work practice British Journal of Social Work, 34 (8). 1073-1074. ISSN 1468-263X


Munro, Eileen (2003) Formal risk assessment instruments or intuitive knowledge? Bohn Stafleu Van Loghum, Houten, The Netherlands.


Munro, Eileen (2002) Integrating intuition and analysis in child protection Social Welfare at Berkeley, Fall. 7-9.

Munro, Eileen (2002) The role of theory in social work research: a further contribution to the debate Journal of Social Work Education, 38 (3). 461-471. ISSN 1043-7797

Munro, Eileen (2002) Effective child protection 1st, Sage Publications, London, UK. ISBN 9781412933049


Rumgay, Judith and Munro, Eileen (2001) The lion's den: professional defences in the treatment of dangerous patients Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 12 (2). 357-378. ISSN 1478-9949

Munro, Eileen (2001) Empowering looked after children Child and Family Social Work, 6 (2). 129-137. ISSN 1356-7500


Munro, Eileen (2000) Defending professional social work practice In: Froggett, L and Harris, J and Paylor, I, (eds.) Reclaiming Social Work: the Southport Papers. Venture Press, Birmingham, UK. ISBN 9781861780386

Munro, Eileen and Rumgay, Judith (2000) The role of risk assessment in reducing homicides by people with mental illness British Journal of Psychiatry, 176 (2). 116-120. ISSN 0007-1250


Munro, Eileen (1999) Common errors of reasoning in child protection work Child Abuse and Neglect, 23 (8). 745-758. ISSN 0145-2134


Munro, Eileen (1996) Avoidable and unavoidable mistakes in child protection work British Journal of Social Work, 26 (6). 793-808. ISSN 1468-263X

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