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Children’s experiences of child protection procedures

For the Munro Review Progress Report From interviews by the Office of the Children’s Rights Director

In 2012, Professor Munro asked us to help her again, this time to consult children who had recently had experience of being involved in the child protection system in some of the local authorities which had been given permission to try out more flexible procedures. This was to assist her in making sure that children’s views and experiences were taken on board in her progress report to the government.

We individually interviewed eleven children in detail about their experience of being involved in child protection about themselves. This was both to find out what they thought of the child protection procedures, and to test out how we could ask children to assess the child protection system without asking for personal details of what had happened to them beforehand and without ourselves getting involved in what was happening in their cases now.