Children's Social Care Update

Department for Education written statement – made on 18th January 2021.

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Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson The Secretary of State for Education

This Government is committed to levelling up across the country. In order to do this, it is absolutely vital that we start with children and families – particularly the most vulnerable – so that we can realise the benefits of establishing firm and loving foundations, both to individuals and to society for generations to come.

Further to my Written Ministerial Statement of 12 February 2020, I am making this statement to launch the independent review of children’s social care, which was committed to in the government’s manifesto. I am pleased to inform Honourable and Right Honourable members that the review will be carried out by Josh MacAlister, who is the Founder and Chief Executive of the children’s social work charity Frontline. Josh brings both an understanding of the challenges facing the system that supports vulnerable children and families and experience of developing and implementing innovative solutions.

The review will start from children’s experiences and look at the whole system of support, safeguarding, protection and care and the children’s journey into and out of that system, including relevant aspects of preventative service that are provided to children and families as part of early help. It will engage with children, young people, adults and families with direct of experience of children’s social care, in order to ensure those individuals’ views and lived experience are fully embedded in the review’s work. The review will aim to improve children and young people’s lives and outcomes and address major challenges facing the system.

I am placing copies of the terms of reference in the libraries of the House, and it is also available on alongside other documents that have accompanied the launch of the review.