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Child protection report offers more of the same

Issue No. 2143

Lord Laming’s report into child welfare identifies the damaging impact of bureaucracy on social work but does little to address the problem, say campaigners for the Social Work Action Network (Swan).

In a statement Swan welcomes Laming’s recognition of the damaging effect of target-driven culture and large case loads.

But the group points out a dramatic gap between that assessment and the report’s recommendations for the future.

Laming argues for a greater role for the Ofsted inspectorate and for a new National Safeguarding Delivery Unit.

Both developments are likely to reinforce the target-driven culture that Laming attacks.

The report also sidesteps the issue of child poverty in British society, leading Swan to describe the report as “more of the same”.

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Tue 17 Mar 2009, 18:45 GMT
Issue No. 2143
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