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The Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) is the single, independent inspectorate for social care in England. It incorporates the work formerly done by the Social Services Inspectorate, the SSI/Audit Commission Joint Review Team and the National Care Standards Commission. Its report published in February 2006 states that, too often, services focus only on the need to protect children, rather than deal with the root cause of the issue - and deal with the problems of their parents. There is insufficient support available to help those with the most complex problems. Local Safeguarding Children Boards should provide an opportunity to ensure that organisations work together to ensure those who need help at an early stage receive it. The CSCI report makes a number of specific suggestions and recommendations for policy makers, Local Safeguarding Children Boards and Directors of Children's Services, practitioners and researchers. More details regarding the report can be found in April  Fam Law.
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The Red Book is the acknowledged authority on practice and procedure