Government Announces Review Into Social Work

The child protection system in England is still not working properly, the Government has warned, as it announced an independent review into social work. Education minister Michael Gove has written to Professor Eileen Munro, inviting the social policy expert to conduct an independent inquiry into the state of children's care and frontline child protection practice. The independent Munro review will be tasked with stripping out bureaucracy and getting social workers back on frontline duty, ministers said. It has also been confirmed that the Government will scrap the Contact Point database holding information on all under-18s and publish summaries of all new serious case reviews. Earlier this week, children's minister Tim Loughton announced that official investigations into the case of Baby P and others would be released. The toddler died aged 17 months having sustained more than 50 injuries at the hands of his abusive mother, her boyfriend and their lodger.