The Child Protection Practices Review Board’s report on the deaths of Arthur Labingo Hughes and Star Hobson is impressively balanced. She avoids blaming individuals and sticks to her job of teaching the lessons that need to be learned (review calls for sweeping child protection reform in England after two deaths, May 26). The main lesson is that the more forensic aspects of security work have to be handled by specialized interagency security teams.
But while the report succinctly touches upon the issues of onerous resources, high caseloads, and poor monitoring, much more could have been done about the stress, anxiety, fears and disgust felt by many of the social workers identified as critical in the reviews. prevent change.
Many of the reports focused too much on procedural issues at the expense of more emotional issues, and many of the changes made over the years had no effect.
Protecting children is a complex and emotionally demanding task that is not subject to purely managerial solutions.
I fear that unless more is done to create organizations where mistakes can be acknowledged and learn from, and where workers’ feelings – which can distort important decisions – the changes recommended in this report will not change things. It will be handled by support and monitoring. This requires a cultural change that goes beyond the formation of specialized teams and changes in operations.
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
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