Alan Wood’s Review of LSCBs - Comment

Dave Hill President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said:

“Whilst we are still working through the full details we welcome Alan Wood’s report and broad recommendations on the roles and functions of LSCBs. LSCBs perform an important function within the wider safeguarding arrangements in place to protect vulnerable children from harm and whatever the future arrangements might look like it is important that this remains the principle focus and statutory objective of the reformed Board. The ultimate prize of course is that more children and young people will be kept safe from harm and go on to live happy and successful lives.

“The current system of SCRs presents serious barriers, is too costly and time consuming and often by the time the review publishes local practice and sometimes policy has moved on significantly. Timelier, local reviews that help partners gather and embed learning in local practice is most welcome as is the recommendation that support for and oversight of CDOPs is moved to the Department of Health.”


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