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Munro Review – the implications for social workers in adult services


In 2011, the Government accepted the recommendations of the Munro Review of Child Protection. It intends to shift the focus of the child protection system to the views and experiences of children and young people and to ensure a more flexible approach to child protection. This study is collecting views and evidence about whether there are lessons from the Munro Review for adult social care. Are assessment systems for adults too bureaucratic? Should there be more emphasis on social workers’ professional judgement? Could we apply systems methodologies to learning lessons from Serious Case Reviews in services for adults? How ‘does doing the right thing’ differ from ‘doing things right’?


2013 – 2016

Research team

Jo Moriarty and Jill Manthorpe (SCWRU)


National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Social Care Research


A scoping review of the literature and a consultation event are informing this study. The consultation event included social workers in practice and people with experiences of social work services.


This review will provide evidence of the interface of system redesign in both children’s and adults’ services, particularly relevant at a time when some services are being newly merged.


A report will be placed on the NIHR SSCR website and articles will be produced for the professional press and research communities.


This report will inform social work education and deliberations in fora such as The College of Social Work.

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