Childrens Social Services version of Democracy
The link is to more of the newly revealed Norfolk Story.
I would like to extract elements:April 2004Diane’s mental health social worker informs her that that he has made a referral to children and families for extra support.November 2004Just before the baby’s birth, a case conference is convened. The case conference lasts four hours and nine of the 12 professionals vote against registration, while three social workers vote for it. The chair decides to use her exceptional powers to assure registration on the grounds of likelihood of emotional abuse but does not make clear the five-day right of appeal. The police officer attending the meeting later phones the chair to question her decision.
So, in this instance the local authority was approached for "extra support". The social workers decide - here's a baby we can steal. Even with the Child Protection conference voting 9:3 against registration the baby is still put on the register.
Notwithstanding the fact that this was a major abuse of process that has caused considerable stress I am not aware of any disciplinary action that has been taken against any individual member of staff.
Does that mean that the management of Norfolk are happy with the behaviour of their staff?
Par for the course really.