Next month it will be five years since we learnt of the death of Peter Connelly (‘Baby P’) at the hands of three people who should have loved and protected him – his mother Tracey Connelly, her boyfriend Steven Barker and Barker’s brother Jason Owen.
It was, and still is, one of the most written-about, read-about and talked-about cases in the history of child protection. But how has it changed the landscape of child protection policy and social work with vulnerable children and families?
After five years of remorse, reflection and reform, what have we learnt? Are social workers now given enough resources and support to protect children and reduce the number of deaths and serious incidents? And how is this impacted by local authority budget cuts?
If you work in child protection, as a social worker or manager, we want to hear from you. We’ve designed a confidential survey – with the help of social workers – where you can share your views and experiences. Please pass it on to your colleagues and peers.
Tell us how budget cuts are affecting your work – take part in our anonymous survey
Your contribution will help us, you, local and national government to understand what life is really like for child protection teams today.
Related conference: The ‘Baby P’ legacy five years on: What have we learnt?