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LSE academic to conduct review of child protection

Eileen MunroEileen Munro, professor of social policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), has been appointed by the Government to conduct an independent review to improve child protection.

The ‘Munro Review’ will focus on looking at how to remove barriers and bureaucracy from social work practice, which prevents social workers from having face to face time with children and families.

Professor Munro said: ‘Social workers have one of the most difficult jobs in the world and we really need to look at how we can ensure children are at the heart of what they do. Less time in front of computers and filling in forms and more time working with vulnerable children, young people and their families, many of whom so desperately need the support of a good social worker.

‘The key thing is to ensure social workers have the support and confidence to help vulnerable children and families while we look at what needs to be done to further improve frontline practice. I am honoured to be asked to conduct a review within such an important area of work and on something I feel so passionate about.’

Three principles will underpin the Government’s approach to reform child protection and aim to improve social work practice:

  • Early intervention
  • Trusting frontline social workers
  • Greater transparency and accountability

Children and families minister, Tim Loughton, said: ‘I believe Professor Munro is well placed to take on this complex and wide-ranging review, with her extensive experience in child protection research. I am very grateful to her for taking on this work.’

Professor Munro will deliver the first of three reports at the end of September.


For more information contact:

The Department for Education
+44 (0)207 925 6789