Thank you for visiting the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care’s website. 

Following the publication of the independent review in May 2022, the Government has published its strategy and consultation on children’s social care, Stable Homes, Built on Love. The strategy and consultation was published on 2nd February 2023.  It responds to the recommendations made by the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care and also to the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel report into the tragic murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson; and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) Review into children’s social care placements. 

This website will be closed down by 10th March 2023. An archived version will be saved with the National Archives and will be available in due course. 

The Case for Change

The Case for Change is the Review’s early thinking about what needs to change in the children’s social care system.

It was published in June 2021 and set out the problems early, giving the opportunity to understand our thinking and tell us whether we have missed or misunderstood anything. 

We invited feedback through our online form which asked for people’s views on the questions we posed in the document. This closed on 13th August 2021. We received more than 300 responses via our feedback form and email and in addition, the review team met with a wide range of individuals and organisations using the issues raised in the Case for Change to guide the conversation. 

In October 2021, we published a report ‘The Case for Change: your feedback’ to reflect back what we have heard through your submissions. 

The feedback summary shares the overall messages we have heard from answers to questions in each chapter and we have highlighted where there is agreement as well as where views differ. The document also shares where people or organisations want to challenge how we have considered the evidence. Sharing this summary is part of the review’s ongoing commitment to an open dialogue.

You can read about the evidence we received and the findings of the Review’s engagement and participation work prior to the Case for Change in the report below.

Children’s social care is a wide ranging and complicated field and whilst we have tried to make this report as easy to understand as we can, we know it won’t be accessible to everyone. This is why we have created a simplified version of the case for change, which is suitable for both children and adults, which summarises the key themes within the report.

We asked Chloe, a member of our Expert by Experience Board, to interview Review chair Josh on the Case for Change’s main themes and you can see the film they made below.