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Social work reform: children services and charity representatives questioned

21 March 2016

The Education Committee takes evidence from academics, charity and children services representatives as part of its inquiry into social work reform.

Witnesses

Wednesday 23 March 2016, Room 8, Palace of Westminster

At 9.30am

  • Ray Jones, Professor of Social Work, Kingston University and St George's
  • Barbara Peacock, Co-Chair, South East region, Association of Directors of Children's Services
  • Councillor Roy Perry, Chair of the Children and Young People Board, Local Government Association

At 10.30am

  • Paul Moffat, Chief Executive, Doncaster Independent Children's Trust
  • Dr Sam Royston, Director of Research and Policy, The Children's Society
  • Marion Russell, Principal Child and Families Social Worker, Cornwall Council
  • Peter Watt, National Services Director, NSPCC

Focus of the session

The session is broadly themed around the future structure and leadership of children's social work following the announcement of the Government's strategy (PDF PDF 288 KB) in January. The Committee questions witnesses on areas such as:

  • The Government's strategy for children's social work in the context of previous reforms
  • The role of Chief Social Worker and the voice of social workers in central Government
  • Local and national leadership of children's social work
  • The future structure and provision of statutory children's services
  • The impact of funding cuts on child protection
  • The role of voluntary and private organisations in children's social work

Follow the progress of the inquiry and read the latest evidence published by the Committee.

Further information

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