Professor David Lane at the West Yorkshire Police Senior Leaders' Forum

9 June 2016

Professor David Lane at the West Yorkshire Police Senior Leaders' Forum

In April Professor Lane was invited to speak at the West Yorkshire Police Senior Leaders’ Forum, an event where Chief Officers, operational commanders and directors of functions from around the Force meet to discuss key strategic development issues.

Professor David Lane (Henley Business School) was invited to speak at the West Yorkshire Police Senior Leaders’ Forum, a monthly event where Chief Officers, operational commanders and directors of functions from around the Force meet to discuss key strategic development issues, including leadership, Force Performance and strategic direction. 

David had been approached to support the forum as a result of his prominence in the field of Operational Research and leadership development and more recently his work to improve services within child protection. 

At the April 2016 meeting David spoke about his policy analysis work for the Munro Review of Child Protection which used extensive systems modelling. It revealed how a prescriptive approach – involving proceduralisation and KPIs - had caused a damaging compliance culture to emerge. It also acted as the framework from which 15 policy recommendations were developed, with the aim of reducing prescription and developing a culture which valued professional judgement so as to help children and young people. These recommendations have been implemented via change in legislation and in the inspection regime (see 1 & 2).

His presentation was very well received by the forum and generated much discussion and interest in exploring further a range of insights, such as the employment of system dynamic thinking within similar problem areas currently facing the police.

  1. Lane DC, Munro E and Husemann E. 2016. Blending systems thinking approaches for organisational analysis: reviewing child protection in England. European Journal of Operational Research 251: 613–623. Open Access article available from: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0377221715009674
  2. Lane DC, Munro E and Husemann E. 2016. The Child Protection Jigsaw. Impact Spring: 42-45.