Thursday, 10 June 2010

Well done, Tim

Junior children’s minister, Tim Loughton, has been very wise to appoint Professor Eileen Munro to conduct a review to examine ways of reducing bureaucracy in children’s social care so giving social workers more time for direct work with children and families.

Eileen Munro is a formidable expert who has a unique grasp of issues in child protection. She will bring academic rigour, detachment and objectivity to issues which in the past have all too often been the preserve of a small group of senior figures in the children’s services establishment, bureaucrats and, during the closing years of the last government, political spin-doctors.

Her review will be a breath of much needed fresh air.