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Who Cares? — Examining the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care

One month after publication of the first report of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care — The Case for Change — Andy McClenaghan is joined by Carolyne Willow, Director of Article 39, Esme Daley, a social work manager with Achieving for Children and BASW London Branch Chair, and Bekah Pierre, Professional Officer with BASW England to discuss the scope and potential impacts of the Review. What could the review mean for children and young people in care? What could it mean for social work? Listen and find out. To provide feedback on this, or any of our other episodes, please email

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