In this final chapter we shall consider some implications for practice which emanate from our review and shall argue that a ‘beyond blame’ approach also has implications for the conduct of future inquiries. As we have referred to inquiry reports from as far back as 1973, it is not surprising that some of our conclusions echo views already expressed and incorporated into everyday practice. We have tried as much as possible to confine our discussion to additional inferences that can be drawn using a beyond blame framework. The chapter was written just before the 1989 Children Act was implemented and we shall speculate about the impact of this new legislation on child protection work in the light of our review.