We have to do more both to protect children and ensure each child fulfils their potential. Security and opportunity must go hand in hand. Child protection must be a fundamental element across all public, private and voluntary organisations. Equally, we must be ambitious for all children, whoever they are and wherever they live.
Creating a society where children are safe and have access to opportunities requires radical reform in our mindset. This TBIS builds on international themes to strengthen preventative services by focusing on four key themes.
First, we need to increase our focus on collaboration with families and carers – the most critical influence on children’s lives. Second, we need to ensure necessary intervention before children reach crisis point and protect children from falling through the net. Third, we need to address the underlying problems in a child’s life immediately it is reported, fourth, we need to ensure that the people working with children are valued, rewarded and trained.