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).

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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.

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