Monday 23 October 2017

Who cares wins

• Central to recent reports on the issue of child protection are proposals to change the law and the Constitution.

I have been a public sector social worker for nearly 40 years. Over that period, there has been a persistent perception that the legal system, and changes to it, have the potential to solve all problems relating to children.

The most important factor in achieving that aim is the early identification of children at risk, immediate and comprehensive assessment of their needs, and prompt decisions on appropriate actions to meet them. No legislative change will achieve this unless decision-making processes are professional and speedy.

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