Eileen Margaret Munro was born on the 21st of October 1950 in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.
She originally qualified as a social worker, a job she practised for a number of years, before pursuing an academic career. She studied philosophy and completed her PhD in The role of scientific methods in social work.
She has published books on child protection (including Effective Child Protection (2008)) and numerous articles in professional journals. A study of child abuse inquiries that she undertook was taken up by child protection services in several countries.
She is currently Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics.
In June 2010 the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, and Children and Families Minister Tim Loughton, asked Professor Munro to conduct an independent review to improve child protection. Her Final Report was published in May 2011 and contained fifteen recommendations, most of which were subsequently accepted by the Government.
In February 2012 Professor Munro took up the role of Transitional Chair for the College of Social Work’s Children’s Faculty.
Professor Munro has considerable media experience, in both television and radio.
She received a CBE in the New Year's Honours 2012, for services to children and families.