Professor Eileen Munro has collaborated with recruitment agency Liquid Personnel in a bid to discover the impact of her influential 2011 review of child protection in England.
Munro has help draft the questions for the agency’s annual “state of social work” survey because she said it was generally only people who made positive changes who gave her any feedback.
“This survey gives me a chance to get a broader sense of where there is progress, where people are stuck in the old system, and where they’ve got additional problems because of the changes to funding and increased demand,” Munro said.
She said she planned to use the information from the survey, which asks social workers questions about their time, priorities and management, as leverage for further reform.
Munro recently won a bid for funding from the Department for Education’s innovation programme, which she is using to help ten local authorities implement the Signs of Safety framework- a tool to help practitioners with risk assessment.
“We hope the survey will alert us to some of the problems so we can check whether they are problems in those 10 local authorities.”
She added the responses to Liquid Personnel’s survey should give a fairly representative picture of what was happening in social work in England, as a point of comparison with the pilot authorities which include Norfolk, Tower Hamlets and Bristol.