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Campaign: The Munro Report

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Do Tools Rule?

The Munro Review of the United Kingdom’s child protection system promotes a vision for “child-centred” practice where professional expertise in individualising the services to be provided to children, young people and families is properly valued.Underpinning the reforms recommended by Professor Eileen Munro were concerns about the UK’s use of “one-size-fits-all&r...

It\'s all about the sum of the parts, isn\'t it?

Amongst the range of changes to be made to the United Kingdom’s child protection system, Professor Eileen Munro recommended that there be a shift away from conducting inspections of individual organisations to police their compliance with various guidelines, rules and performance measures. In place of this, she recommended that an inspection system be created that allows for an exami...

When the tragedy of youth suicide strikes, will you know what to do?

During recent weeks, a series of articles byThe Australianhas shone a spotlight on the deaths by suicide of two teenage girls from Maryborough – both aged 16 – in 2009. Their deaths in such sad circumstances and at such a young age are, of course, a tragedy and our sincere sympathy is extended to their families and friends.The articles published byThe Austr...

Solution: Suprise Visits?

It is important to consider that Professor Munro did not recommend the removal of all frameworks and systems for managing and monitoring service quality in the UK. What she recommended however was a shift in focus away from “compliance” to what “really matters” – that being, whether or not children and families are actually being helped.In particular, Profe...

Warning! Scaffold With Care

Interestingly, those responsible for implementing recommendations of the Munro Review within the UK are now concerned that when shifting away from an over-reliance on “guidelines, targets and rules” that they not “kick away the scaffolding” without safe transition plans in place.Follow along the discussion in the UK and have a read of the minutes of the Munro Review Im...

Guidelines, Targets and Rules, Oh My!

If we were to track back in time, some very good reasons could be found that explain why certain systems and processes were established in Queensland for ensuring the quality of services that children, young people and families are entitled to receive. For instance: The system of licensing out-of-home care services, arose out of recommendations contained within the 1998-99 Forde Inquiry in...

Is The Tail Wagging Queensland\'s Child Protection System?

Let’s think about key features of the United Kingdom’s child protection system that were criticized in the recently completed review conducted by Professor Eileen Munro and how closely they resemble the image of “a tail wagging its dog”. Then let’s think about Queensland’s child protection system and ask ourselves, “Is the dog still wagging its tai...

Who Wins According to the Munro Report?

The recently completed Munro Review of the United Kingdom’s child protection system found that the “demands of bureaucracy” had become so great that the capacity of child protection organisations and their staff to work directly with children and families was being hindered. Practitioners and managers told the review that the demands of observing statutory guidelines, mee...

The Munro Campaign: The Journey Continues

The journey so far…* On 8th June 2010, PeakCare Queensland launched “The Munro Campaign” to comprehensively examine the implications for Queensland of the recently completed UK Review of Child Protection conducted by Professor Eileen Munro.* On 15th June 2010, in a post by Lorraine Dupree, PeakCare’s Policy and Research Manager – “The Munro Campaign: The...

What does a British Bulldog and a Queensland Koala have in common?

Birth of the Munro CampaignIn June 2011, PeakCare Queensland commenced our Munro Campaign.Regular readers of Our Practice Blogs and Facebook will have already received some information about the Munro Campaign:...

The Munro Campaign: Conspicuously Silent

“Silence is golden when it’s called for. Silence can be deadly when it’s not called for.”— Meryl RunionIn 2009 The National Framework For Protecting Australia’s Children was launched. The framework kicked off an Australian wide, call to action to better our policies, procedures and practices with vulnerable children, young people and their families. I&r...

The Difference Between Saying and Doing

To put it bluntly, I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation. But I’m working on the foundation.Marilyn MonroeAre our child protection systems superstructures without a solid foundation?As we introduced theMunro campaignlast week we outlined that Professor Eileen Munro had extensively explored the experiences of British children, young people and familie...

The Monroe .... emmm, Munro Campaign!

The Monroe Munro Campaign – it’s not about Marilyn! Or is it?Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) was one of the most celebrated actresses of all time. Born Norma Jeanne Mortenson, she was almost smothered to death at the age of two, sexually assaulted at the age of six and spent most of her childhood in a sequence of foster homes and orphanages. At the age of 36, she was...