A new investigation into Effective Leadership of Child Protection has been launched by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
The investigation, which will explore learning from past institutional failures, including embedding a ‘learning’ not a ‘blaming’ culture, is the 15th and final investigation by the Inquiry which now considers it necessary to conduct a final investigation into leadership of institutions that fall within the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference for protecting children from sexual abuse.
The Inquiry has to date launched 14 investigations into a broad range of institutions and themes identified on the basis of the Panel’s criteria for selection of investigations.
In this investigation, the Inquiry will build on its findings on leadership in the interim and investigation reports, and consider further evidence on issues such as:
- Embedding ethics and values so they align with policy and practice
- Ensuring organisations are safe, and effective at being safe
- Achieving openness, transparency and good communication
- Ensuring good communication, escalation of issues and concerns with clear lines of accountability, and good leadership in scenarios where there is no direct line management structure
- Embedding and ensuring a culture of continuous learning
- Using management and audit information to understand the institution, its systems and its performance, so that systemic warning signs can be identified early
- Responding appropriately to internal and external pressure, for example from politicians, community leaders, parents, funders and other key stakeholders so that child welfare and protection is prioritised
- Responding to the evidence of “whistle-blowers” and recommendations from inspectorates, Serious Case Reviews and similar reports
- Learning from past institutional failures, including adverse events, including embedding a ‘learning’ not a ‘blaming’ culture
- Exercising good judgment with respect to strategic priorities and risks
- The relevance of the leadership style , and how leaders act as positive role models
- Effective leadership, change and improvement.
The investigation will be thematic and, as a result, will not focus on any individual case studies or particular institution. Instead it will consider evidence on the institutional leadership themes from a range of sectors in England and Wales.
The deadline for applications for Core Participant status in this investigation is 4 pm on 13 December 2019.
A preliminary hearing in relation to this investigation will take place at 10.30 am on 25 February 2020. The Inquiry will hold a public hearing in this investigation in 2020.
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