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Wednesday, January 10, 2007
  Another Social Services Mess-up
The linked story is to another problem with Social Services. This one is in Norfolk where it was found that:
Social workers were criticised for treating rumours about the woman, who had a mental health disorder, as fact.

'Insufficient evidence'

The council said the inquiry into the case also found that some evidence had been destroyed.

It called a social worker's report "inaccurate, unrepresentative and unbalanced".

The woman's unborn baby was wrongly placed on a child protection register by Norfolk County Council, the independent inquiry decided.


The problem is that this is actually a pattern of behaviour. What happens from time to time is that Social Workers produce rubbishy reports full of unevidenced rumour and tittletattle. They have them backed up by expensive unevidenced reports from experts who at times are not in any way qualified. In the mean time CAFCASS come along to give the family another kick towards destruction and destroy a few more children's lives with them probably ending up in prison at some stage. Then Justice Rubberstamp comes along and rubberstamps the proposals of Social Services.

This does not always happen. Indeed there are some really good people working in this area who despair at the behaviour of others. However, if you look at the response to a WPQ that I have just got in you will find that the number of babies taken into care has gone up from 730 in 1993 to 2,100 in 2006. This figure continues to trend upwards. The number of cases where it is clearly wrong is also going up.
 
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