May 17

Wood Review of MASA published

The Children and Social Work Act 2017 reformed the framework supporting the delivery  of multi-agency services to protect and safeguard children. The legislation abolished local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) and introduced the concept of three statutory safeguarding partners – local government, the police and health services.

In December 2019, Sir Alan Wood CBE was appointed to review the implementation of new arrangements. His review report has now been published (14 May 2021).

He says:

“I have seen evidence that our local multi-agency partnerships are striving to do the best they can to ensure focused, proactive and child centred models of safeguarding for children. I think we can see change for the better happening, but we are at the very early stages of the implementation. More must be done to enhance and develop the support and encouragement provided to the thousands of police officers, social workers, health professionals, teachers and parents for without them children would not be protected and safeguarded. I believe their work will be enhanced if the recommendations of this review are taken forward”

You can read the full report here:

Wood report on safeguarding (


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