A review of child protection in England was commissioned in June 2010 as part of a national drive to improve the quality of child protection services. Led by Professor Eileen Munro, a series of reports ensued that advocated a new approach (Munro, 2011a,b). Previous reforms, which shaped social work practice for several decades, had shifted from relationship-based practice to a more procedural and regulatory approach.

The managerialist approach has been called a “rationalist-technical approach”, where the emphasis has been on the conscious, cognitive elements of the task of working with children and families, on collecting information, and making plans. (Munro, 2011a, p. 36)