Birmingham Childrens Social Services Report
Today the special scrutiny into childrens services in Birmingham was released. In essence it recognised that my assertions that the system was not working were true.
What needs to happen is a systemic review of how the child protection system fails to work. This has not really happened with all of the reports so far.
There are simple proposals that would help. For example allowing councils to employ people with experience but without the formal qualification would help. Parents in their 40s and 50s are well suited to looking at the issues from the perspective of someone who knows how difficult raising children can be. It is really unfair to chuck young graduates in at the deep end.
We need to move away from a tick box culture towards one which values good judgment. This means getting rid of the performance indicators and making sure that computer systems are established with the objective of helping people do their jobs rather than collate information for the performance indicators.
At the Bournemouth conference I spoke at two meetings about this issue.
We also need Ofsted to release the full list of serious case reviews commissioned.