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Lords Committee launches inquiry into Children’s Social Care Strategy

Thursday 9 March 2023

The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care report was published in May 2022. It called for a dramatic, radical reset of children’s social care, and over £2 billion in investments into the system.

The Government’s response was published in February 2023 – Stable Homes, Built on Love: Implementation Strategy and Consultation. This strategy is intended to address the need identified in the independent review.

The Public Services Committee has today announced a short inquiry which will consider the effectiveness of this strategy. It will ask whether the Government’s plans meet the identified need as well as exploring how they could be modified and improved. The strategy is in a consultation phase, so the time to review and influence is now, before significant work on proposed reform begins.

On Wednesday 15 March, the Committee will begin its inquiry by hearing from witnesses including Josh MacAlister who chaired the Independent Review.

This first evidence session will start at 3.00pm and can be watched live or on demand at Parliament TV or in person in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster.

Giving evidence will be:

3.00pm

  • Josh MacAlister, Executive Chair, merging Early Intervention Foundation and What Works for Children’s Social Care, and former Chair of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care; and
  • Anne Longfield CBE, Chair, Commission on Young Lives, and Children’s Commissioner 2015-2021.

Topics/Questions for discussion will include:

  • What is the immediate impact of the strategy for staff on the ground in their work with young people?
  • Analysis of two pillars of the strategy: Family Help, and changes to the ways local authorities work.
  • Which of the family-focused interventions within the strategy will work well? Where should changes be made?
  • Where is there room to influence the strategy as it stands: what are the most important changes to reflect?

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