10 May 2011

Commenting on today’s official review of England's child protection system by Professor Eileen Munro, The Children’s Society’s Chief Executive Bob Reitemeier said:

'For the Munro report to truly make a difference to children's lives, these reforms will need to be implemented in full with clear support for frontline staff and backed with appropriate resources. 

'It is vital that social workers have the time and space to make decisions that are in the best interests of children and it is equally important for children to have their voices heard, allowing them to actively influence decisions about their lives.

'It will also require a change in culture that genuinely supports professional practice and does not seek to blame social workers when things go wrong. But there must also be careful monitoring and effective accountability in place to guard against the return of excessive drift and delay.'

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Notes to editor

The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children can be children, childhood is respected and every child is valued for who they are. Our approach is driven by our Christian values and by the voices of children and young people, who are at the heart of all we do. In 2009 The Children’s Society published The Good Childhood Inquiry, the UK's first independent national inquiry into childhood. Its aims were to renew society's understanding of modern childhood and to inform, improve and inspire all our relationships with children. The Children's Society is continuing to improve this understanding of issues affecting children through all of its ongoing work.