Learning from the Victoria Climbié Inquiry
Rustin, M. 2004. Learning from the Victoria Climbié Inquiry. Journal of Social Work Practice. 18 (1), pp. 9-18.
This critical review of the Report of the Victoria Climbie Inquiry contends that the quasi-judicial procedure adopted in this Inquiry was well adapted to providing a detailed analysis of the sequence of events which took place, and to attributing responsibility for failures and errors to individuals involved with the case. However, it finds this method of investigation inadequate as a means of exploring the systemic problems which give rise to poor service-provision, and of identifying solutions to these. The predominantly procedural focus of its numerous recommendations reflects the bureaucratic approach which now prevails in the management and regulation of British public services. The article argues that nevertheless the Report and its recommendations have opened up space for some necessary rethinking, and could therefore have a beneficial outcome.
|Keywords||Climbie; child abuse; inspection; child protection services; public inquiries|
|Journal||Journal of Social Work Practice|
|Journal citation||18 (1), pp. 9-18|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Web address (URL)||http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0265053032000183679|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||18 Oct 2009|
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