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Vulnerable children: Heads of social care and safeguarding reviews among expert witnesses

Monday 21 June 2021

Josh MacAlister who recently published an interim review of children’s social care will be among several expert witnesses appearing before the House of Lords Public Services Committee tomorrow (Wednesday 23 June from 3.00 p.m.) as it continues its inquiry into vulnerable children and public services.

Exploring reform of support for children and families, safeguarding and social care, the committee will hear from:

At 3.00 p.m.

  • Sir Alan Wood CBE, Chair, Independent review of multi-agency safeguarding arrangements
  • Cathy Ashley OBE, Chief Executive, Family Rights Group
  • Professor Leon Feinstein, Chair, Rees Centre, University of Oxford

Likely questions include:

  • How should policy-makers define child vulnerability?
  • What systemic failings were identified by the safeguarding review?
  • If the government had an integrated strategy on vulnerable children what would be your priorities?

At 4.00 p.m.

  • Simon Parker, Director, Transformation and Policy Capability, Policy Lab, Department for Education
  • Josh MacAlister, Chair, Independent Review of Children’s Social Care

Likely questions include:

  • What are the most significant barriers at central and local government level to providing adequate early intervention support for families?
  • What has the Policy Lab identified as the major barriers to innovation in children’s services?
  • How can local services integrate better to ensure that children do not fall through gaps between services?

The session will be live on Parliament TV.

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