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The Guardian on the culture in Social Care

The link is to The Guardian's perspective on how social workers approach assessment of their clients. Taking out a few quotes:

"My experience is that when it comes to advocating for resources, social workers are inclined to present the worst aspects of someone's case and skip over some of the positives to get maximum impact. Obviously this is a dodgy path to tread, because your argument is that it is all doom and gloom but an increase in services will make it all better. The risk in that approach is that the manager may ask: if things are really that bad, shouldn't we be heading towards child protection procedures or court? "

"There is a longstanding tradition within radical social work that entails being economical with the truth if it means you can get help or services that otherwise would be denied."

Comments

moira said…
This article is very positive towards social workers and paints them as always trying to do what they can for families.

Although the methods used are unethical and not by the book,this article tries to reassure us that they are being benevolent.

Unfortunately many social workers are using the methods described to destroy families and drive them to breakdown.
Nowhere in the article is this mentioned,that these methods are frequently used for malicious purposes and to get a child into care.
The Scribe said…
Much more entertaining is this
http://nhsexposedblog.blogspot.com/2007/08/john-hemming-mp-found-prowling.html

:)

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