Leading children's charities react to review of children's social care

Joint statement reacting to Independent Review of Children’s Social Care by National Children’s Bureau, NSPCC, Action for Children, Barnardo’s and The Children’s Society.

Too many of the children and young people we work with tell us that children's social care is not keeping them safe or enabling them to thrive and reach their potential. Instead, services often intervene far too late, when families are at breaking point, or a child has already been harmed.  

The Independent Review of Children's Social Care must be a turning point. It provides a once in a generation opportunity to fix a struggling system and create a step change in the way children and families are supported.

Such an opportunity needs to be met with an urgent action plan from Government to implement the reforms and a commitment for ambitious, long-term investment. The voices of children and young people must also be heard loud and clear throughout this process.

This is our chance to build a future where every child feels safe, secure, and supported and it is vital we all seize it and put the needs of vulnerable children and young people at the heart of our national story.


  • Anna Feuchtwang, CEO, National Children’s Bureau
  • Lynn Perry MBE, CEO, Barnardo’s
  • Melanie Armstrong, CEO, Action for Children
  • Sir Peter Wanless, CEO, NSPCC
  • Mark Russell, CEO, The Children’s Society

In-depth NCB statement

You can read an indivudual statement by NCB going into more detail here.