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

Following the publication of the Review in May 2022, the Government has today (2 February 2023) published its strategy, Stable Homes, Built on Love and this can be read here. The plan responds to recommendations made by three independent reviews by Josh MacAlister, the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel into the tragic murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson, and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

This website will be closed down. An archived version will be saved with the National Archives. 

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 gave everyone the opportunity to understand the review’s thinking and tell us whether we had missed or misunderstood anything.

The review’s aim was to build recommendations for how the system can be improved, continuing to feed in a wide range of views, culminating in final recommendations and a report.

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