Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services, Gwenda Thomas has announced the implementation for a new national programme for reviewing and learning from cases involving serious abuse or neglect of children from which child protection arrangements can be improved.
As part of the new framework, different types of reviews will be undertaken dependent on the nature of the incident and the circumstances of the child involved.
These are defined as ‘concise’ and ‘extended’ reviews and they will be underpinned by multi-agency professional forums. The new arrangements also have a much clearer focus for family involvement in the review process.
The arrangements for multi-agency reviews have been developed with support from practitioners including Local Safeguarding Children Boards.
Child Practice Reviews will come into effect in Wales in January 2013.
Gwenda Thomas said:
“What we must promote through this new framework is a positive culture of learning and reviewing among all agencies involved in child protection, to improve day-to-day practice.
“We can learn from complex cases that have gone well, and from cases on the register or cases that are causing concern. The lessons learned from these events will affect operational policy, protocols, service delivery and practice.
“Wales is leading the way in this innovative approach. This is an important shift in culture that allows practitioners to reflect and learn from positive circumstances, as well as being open, honest and transparent when things have gone wrong."