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The post-pandemic landscape offers a ‘one-time’ opportunity to reform child protection


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An urgent overhaul of the UK’s vulnerable child protection processes is needed to secure the system for the future in a post-war environment, the King’s researchers lead report said. pandemic and protect the most at-risk children.

Following the national review of the deaths of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson, and the Independent Review of Child Social Care, both published last year, new evidence comes from King’s College. London reveals how vulnerable children become less visible during a pandemic because they are hidden from expert view and wait longer to be identified and referred to child protection concerns.

Children are also at increased risk due to factors such as increased parental stress, diversion of health care services, disrupted education and poor mental health.

Building on the findings of their report, and in light of the growing pressures caused by the cost of living crisis, King’s researchers are recommending key actions to transform the current system. present in what they call a ‘one-time opportunity’ for the government to rebalance protective practices and avoid a ‘crisis-based approach’ to child protection.

They recommend tighter government oversight, clear leadership, sound funding, shared performance measures, strong local systems and accountability. They also endorsed calls for a new Ministerial-level group or National Reform Board to oversee the implementation of reforms to protect children system.

Lead author, Dr Jenny Driscoll, Child Rights Reader at the School of Education, Media & Society at King’s College London, said: “The effects of child abuse can last a lifetime, so the it is important that we be proactive in our approach to risk reduction. The child protection system has come under considerable strain due to the extraordinary pressures brought by the pandemic.”

Report, through interviews and questionnaires with leaders and organizations in child protection and protection, relevant research on the issue and a symposium including Government officialsindustry leaders and representatives of young people, set out three urgent areas of focus for transforming the existing system:

  1. increase early intervention and invest more in early assistance programs to support children and families as soon as concerns are identified.
  2. Ensure strong cross-agency oversight and collaboration regarding the protection of networks and leadership, including through contingency plan to rearrange.
  3. Support the important work done by the employees involved in children protection through attention to competence and welfare and supervision for all protection professionals.

More information:
Report: www.kcl.ac.uk/ecs/assets/proje… uarding-practice.pdf

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