The 2011 Munro review of child protection made a number of recommendations for shifting the focus of the child protection system away from bureaucracy and towards the valuing of professional expertise, with the safety and welfare of children and young people at its heart. 2 Within this report, it was recommended that local authorities and their partners should use a combination of nationally collected and locally published information to help benchmark performance, facilitate improvement and promote accountability. However, the report notes that this information should not be treated as an unambiguous measure of good or bad performance for the local authority, but that these data should be considered in the context of the local situation.

The single inspection framework (SIF) was introduced by Ofsted for the inspection of services for children in need of help and protection, looked after children (LAC) and care leavers. As of July 2015, fewer than 25% of local authorities inspected under the SIF have been judged as ‘good’.

References

  1. P. E. Munro, “The Munro Review of Child Protection: A child-centred system,” Department for Education, 2011
  2. P. E. Munro, “The Munro Review of Child Protection: A child-centred system,” Department for Education, 2011