England: attempting to learn from mistakes in an increasingly 'risk-averse' professional context

Judith M Masson, Nigel Parton

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A discussion of the response to errors and mistakes in child protection from Maria Colwell to the recent cases of Baby P (Peter Connelly) and Ellie Butler. The chapter contrasts the response to errors associated with court decisions and those by local authority social workers, noting that courts have remained aloof from any of the processes introduced to learn from and avoid errors. The chapter considers how politicians and the media have harnessed scandals to blame social workers, and how this has contributed negatively to improving responses to children needing protection and their families.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationErrors and Mistakes in child protection
Subtitle of host publicationInternational discourses, approaches and strategies
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages54
ISBN (Electronic)978 1447350941
ISBN (Print)978 1447350705
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2020


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