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 An archived version will be saved with the National Archives and will be available in due course. 

Review Background

In 2019 the government’s manifesto committed to reviewing the children’s social care system to make sure children and young people get the support they need. 

On 15th January 2021, the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care was announced and Josh MacAlister was appointed as chair. The terms of reference of the Review set out its wide ranging and ambitious scope. 

Josh started full time on the Review on 1st March 2021 and committed to setting out our Case for Change in the summer, highlighting what most needs changing in children’s social care. This gives everyone the opportunity to understand the ’s thinking and tell us whether we have missed or misunderstood anything. The Review will build recommendations for how the system can be improved, continuing to feed in a wide range of views, culminating in the Review’s final recommendations and report.

At the start of the Review, Josh published details about his early plans for the work of the Review, including the overarching questions it should focus on.

As part of his role as Chair, Josh meets regularly with individuals and organisations who have knowledge and experience of children’s social care as well as other stakeholders.  You can access quarterly logs outlining his meetings here:

You can sign up for updates about the Review here.

You can email the Review team at

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