13 Jul 2016

In response to the Education Committee’s report on reform in children’s social work, Val Floy, Chief Operating Officer at The Children’s Society said:

'We know through our direct work with children just how important it is for them to have positive and long-lasting relationships with their social workers. The Government must make sure that these reforms are minimally disruptive for children and young people.

'Social work is a truly challenging profession, made possible by social workers’ passion and commitment to protecting and improving children's lives. Reform must be based on a culture of learning, not one of blame. This would help to improve retention in the profession and improve the consistency of support for children.

'Part of the Government's approach to reform is to look at how social care services are provided. The Children’s Society recognises and supports the need for continuous improvements and innovation to children’s social care services, but this must be done in a way which improves the quality of provision. It is crucial that innovation is based on robust evidence and comes with safeguards to secure children’s best interests.

'It is vital that vulnerable children and young people get the highest quality social care. Improving their outcomes must be at the heart of these reforms. Any reforms need to guarantee the stability and consistency of high quality services, tailored to each child’s individual needs.'

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Notes to editors:

  • The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local services, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn. We also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future. Our supporters around the country fund our services and join our campaigns to show children and young people they are on their side.