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 An archived version will be saved with the National Archives and will be available in due course. 

Get Involved

The review will listen to and engage with a wide range of voices. This page sets out some early ways you can get involved in the review and more details will be added soon.

Call for Advice: shape the reviewer’s plans for the review

When the review launched, Josh published a Call for Advice, to help shape the work of the review. We have had over 750 responses so far, which have helped shape the early work of the review. We will be publishing updates in the coming weeks and months about how the Call for Advice responses have influenced the review’s work. We’re still keen to hear from anyone who has not responded and would like to provide advice.

Call for Evidence: help us understand the existing evidence

The review will be starting with an evidence review – considering what we already know about how well the current system provides love, stability and safety. 

To support this, the review is launching an early Call for Evidence. This Call for Evidence is aimed primarily at the research community and those with robust evidence the review should consider. This asks for specific research and analysis relevant to the big question of the review. There will be further opportunities to submit evidence as more specific questions emerge, as well as other ways to engage and provide input to the review. The Call for Evidence will supplement the Call for Advice – every document submitted through the Call for Advice is being considered as part of the evidence review.

Other opportunities to get involved

There will be many other ways to get involved with the review and an opportunity for everyone who wants to share their views to do so. The review will engage both with those who have lived experience of children’s social care and the wide range of people who work to support children.

Our engagement plans and activities for those with lived experience will be guided by the Experts by Experience Board and we will publish those plans on this website during the next few weeks.

We will also shortly be setting out a structured plan for engagement for all those who currently work to support children. To do this we will be reliant on the many membership bodies and other forums that can help facilitate conversations – if you can help us convene one of these conversations then please get in touch with the review mailbox.   

Sign up for updates

You can sign up for updates about the review here.

Contact the review

You can email the review team at