Prof Eileen Munro from the London School of Economics has given consideration to what should we be looking for when things go very wrong in child proetction. The Jeffrey Baldwin story is one example but there are many more - some of which I will be writing about. It is distressing to read that a child has died because a social worker, foster parent or someone else in the child proetction system failed to proetct the child. It is, of course, easy to target the worker. But as Prof Munro notes, there are very real system problems that make it hard to protect children. As she states, social workers don't start their day out with the intention of letting a child die.
This video on YouTube is well worth the watch - rather short but very pointed: