A report on the Probation Service’s response to child protection concerns makes grim reading.
It is very hard to see how after all the years of operating under the slogan of “working together” key agencies, such as the Probation Service, are still struggling not to work in silos.
The report gives examples of some Probation Service staff failing to recognise clear cases of children at risk of abuse and neglect. What is less clear is why some people are failing to get the basics right. It may not be an individual’s lack of knowledge, skills or training that is to blame. The culture of the organisation and the working environment need to be explored for possible causes.