The Aims and Outcomes of Public Inquiries into the Care and Protection of Children: Should they be Undertaken Differently?
Public inquiries have become a standard governmental response to managing matters of public interest and concern including child abuse, but the extent to which they drive change and improvements in practice is unclear.
Public inquiries have become a standard governmental response to managing matters of public interest and concern including child abuse, but the extent to which they drive change and improvements in practice is unclear. Sharon Vincent, Kim Holt and Nancy Kelly will present key findings from a thematic analysis of the proceedings of a four-day expert summit and semi-structured interviews with participants who have been involved in child abuse inquiries across several jurisdictions. Overall the findings suggest there has been little evidence of effectiveness indicating there is a need to rethink the purpose, scope, methodology and impact of child abuse inquiries to ensure they are more effective and cost efficient; place children, victims and survivors at the centre and use a wider range of professional expertise and skills.Sharon Vincent is Associate Professor of Child Welfare at Northumbria University. Her research focuses on review processes for child deaths and serious abuse and neglect in the UK and internationally. Kim Holt is Professor of Family Law at Northumbria University and a qualified and practicing Barrister. She has been involved in Serious Case Reviews as a chair, author and committee member for 32 years and her work in this area has had impact in social work and legal contexts. Nancy Kelly is a Professor at Northumbria University. Her research focuses on engaging with organisations and groups in order to better understand judgment and decision making, peoples lived experiences of phenomena and implications for social policy and practice.