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 An archived version will be saved with the National Archives and will be available in due course. 

Have your say – workforce

Since the review launched, we have met with over 1000 children’s social care professionals including social workers, early help practitioners, residential care staff, teachers, health professionals, police officers and those who do voluntary work with children and families and we are continuing to talk to people.

We previously invited Local Authorities and other organisations that support and employ those working with children and families to complete an expression of interest form which closed on 16 July. We also had a form for individuals which closed on 17 September. 

We had a great response to both of these expressions of interest and have spent the last few months hearing from professionals and organisations who responded.

We continue to partner with the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care who will continue to run polls over the coming months for social workers to feed in their thoughts to the Review. If you are a registered social worker and would like to sign up, please do so here: Polling – What Works for Children’s Social Care (

There will be more opportunities for professionals to engage in the next phase of the review, which will include coming back out to those we’ve met to test our thinking further.

If you wish to be involved in the meantime please email: 

You can see our previous workforce engagement plan (published in May 2021) here:

What support is available to people who take part in the Review?

The Review has partnered with the NSPCC helpline to provide support for everyone participating in the Review who wishes to access it.

For more information  visit the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care support page for adults

You can also speak confidentially to an independent qualified practitioner before, during or after the event by calling our free dedicated helpline on 0800 233311.

Sign up for updates

You can sign up for updates about the Review here.

Contact the Review

You can email the Review team at