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Independent review into children’s social care in Northern Ireland: CASPAR briefing

Publication date June 2023

In June 2023, the Independent review of children’s social care in Northern Ireland was published1.

The review was commissioned in October 2021 by the Minister for Health in Northern Ireland and began in February 2022. It set out to understand and evaluate issues within Northern Ireland’s children’s social care services, and the experiences of service users and providers.

Information was gathered from a wide range of sources including children and young people, parents and carers and service providers.

Our CASPAR briefing summarises the review’s reflections and recommendations around a wide range of topics, including:

  • the structure of children’s social care
  • funding
  • workload and the workforce
  • family support
  • children in care.


Jones , R. (2023) The Northern Ireland review of children's social care services (PDF). Belfast: Children’s Social Care Services Review.
Independent review into children’s social care in Northern Ireland
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