Enver Solomon, Policy Director of The Children's Society, said:
'Freeing up social workers more to focus on children’s best interests is essential, but this also requires a careful balancing act. Greater discretion must not undermine professionals from different agencies working closely together or mean they take different approaches to children at risk.
'At a time of structural reform to health and policing, there needs to be a greater focus on the importance of all those who work with children remaining committed to partnership working. We can’t have separate agencies retreating back into their silos.
'The roles and responsibilities of all agencies must be clearly set out when reviewing statutory guidance. Progress on joint working cannot be sacrificed at the expense of promoting professional autonomy.'
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Notes to editors
- The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.