A once in a generation opportunity: what changes from the care review mean for children's social workers

10/12/2022 09:45 - 10:45

Sweeping changes to children’s social work have been proposed by the Independent Review of Children's Social Care’s final report and Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel inquiry into the tragic deaths of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson.

The government is currently considering its response to both, but do they represent the best way forward for children and families involved in social care, and the social workers and other practitioners who work with them?

 In this session, our panel will provide:

  • An overview of the key recommendations of both reviews and the rationale behind them.
  • In-depth analysis of the key proposals relating to social work, such as national pay scales, a five-year early career framework, the creation of “expert practitioners” and the establishment of multi-agency child protection units.
  • Critical perspectives on the reviews’ proposals and how they can be improved.
  • An understanding of how the government is likely to respond.

David Akinsaya, care-experienced campaigner and member of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care’s experts by experience panel

Annie Hudson, chair, Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

Julia Ross, chair, British Association of Social Workers