An agency I work for has real trouble getting social services to act in known cases of abuse. Were it not for the agency workers picking up the pieces, unpaid, in their own time, vulnerable people would be left to either starve or freeze or both as social workers routinely fail to pick up the baton.
In our area at least, it appears that social services lack sufficient manpower and resources to protect those they know to be vulnerable and I strongly suspect that, despite what Ed Balls says, this was the problem at the heart of the Khyra Ishaq case. Her problems had NOTHING to do with being hidden through HE (she wasn't - social services knew about her and would have had good reason to think that she was at risk) and EVERYTHING to do with lack of funding for SS departments.
It would be simply criminal therefore, if Ed Balls were to push through Schedule 1 of the Children, Schools and Families which would result in the monumental wastage of public funds as LAs set about inspecting thousands of perfectly well-functioning families, whilst families known to be at risk, languish at the bottom of some social worker's "to do" list.
Further, if there are any Fred Wests out there, the proposals in Schedule 1 will not bring them to light. Only successful HEors will register under this scheme, so it won't work to find the truly abusive.
The ridiculous proposals in the CSF Bill must not see the light of day.