About-turn in attitudes highlighted

England is experiencing a “period of turbulence” in relation to
children, Al Aynsley-Green, clinical director for children at the
Department of Health, told delegates.

He said children were “invisible” three years ago but change was
being driven by the findings of the Victoria Climbi’ Inquiry, the
Bristol Royal Infirmary babies’ hearts scandal, parental fury,
professional outrage and government commitment.

Aynsley-Green said it was crucial for social workers to understand
local politics, calling for them to “be assertive for children”. He
added: “Nothing is going to change unless we get real ownership at
the front line.”

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