This newsletter focuses on our Annual Report 2020, which covers our work from 1st January to 31st December 2020. Published today, the report provides information on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, highlights patterns in practice and sets out our views about how effectively the system of child safeguarding practice reviews is operating.
Alongside this, we have published two supplementary reports:
The Department for Education, Home Office and Department for Health and Social Care have also published Sir Alan Wood’s report on the implementation of multi-agency arrangements to safeguard children.
We recognise that this was a year like no other, with the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our analysis shows that now, more than ever, it is vital that government departments and all those who work to safeguard children work together to tackle the most stubborn practice challenges, such as information sharing and risk assessment.
Reflecting these stubborn challenges, we’ve highlighted six cross-cutting practice themes that need to be addressed to help make a difference in reducing serious harm and preventing child deaths caused by abuse or neglect.
In this newsletter you can download the report and sign up for a webinar about its contents. We’ve also provided the key messages and information about supplementary and commissioned analysis.