The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel have released their Annual Report 2020, covering their work from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. The report provides information on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, highlights patterns in practice and sets out their views about how effectively the system of child safeguarding practice reviews is operating.
Alongside this, the Panel have published two supplementary reports:
An analysis of safeguarding partners’ yearly reports with the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care.
A commissioned report on Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews and Rapid Reviews undertaken by the University of East Anglia and Birmingham University.
The Department for Education, Home Office and Department for Health and Social Care have also published Sir Alan Wood’s report on the implementation of multi-agency arrangements to safeguard children.
The Panel said;
“We recognise that this was a year like no other, with the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our analysis shows that now, more than ever, it is vital that government departments and all those who work to safeguard children work together to tackle the most stubborn practice challenges, such as information sharing and risk assessment.
Reflecting these stubborn challenges, we’ve highlighted six cross-cutting practice themes that need to be addressed to help make a difference in reducing serious harm and preventing child deaths caused by abuse or neglect.”