SCIE media statement

Government response to Munro final report and recommendations – SCIE response

13 July 2011

SCIE’s Deputy Chief Executive, Amanda Edwards, says:

SCIE welcomes the Government’s response to the Munro review recommendations. This provides an opportunity for reforming a social work, which will contribute to raising public confidence in social work. Good social work is crucial in supporting families, particularly the most vulnerable.

SCIE has a long history of contributing to the improvement of social work, from our evidence based web and print resources through to our recent films entitled ‘What is social work?’ In relation to children’s safeguarding, we have been working with the sector to develop the SCIE Learning Together model for case reviews, which is based on a systems approach. Taking a systems approach to serious case reviews promises to make efforts to learn from, and improve, professional practice more effective; nowhere is this more important than when a child has died or has been seriously injured through abuse. We look forward to supporting and continuing to work with the sector to expand the adoption of this approach.

We are delighted that the College of Social Work will be working closely with the Government to implement some of the recommendations. SCIE is involved in the creation of the College and it is gratifying to see it take the social work agenda forward. We will continue to contribute to this agenda by providing the College with an evidence base to support its work.

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