Dispatches - undercover Social Worker
The link is to a web page on Channel 4's website about their "undercover Social Worker" programme.
This is now available on 4 on demand.
Surrey is not one of the worse childrens services units. Nothing in the programme is particularly surprising to anyone who knows much about how the system works.
In part it is also a reflection of the nature of society.
One lesson that needs to be learnt is that there is nothing to be gained by becoming harsher and harsher with individual practitioners.
This creates an environment in which people both
a) Don't want to do the job
b) Act defensively to protect themselves rather than make good judgments.
Questions have also got to be asked about how the system responds to deal with situations such as domestic violence. Rather than acting to protect the victim the system acts instead to remove the children. The psychological evidence is that removing children causes themselves psychological harm. Hence this really should not be the first option looked at.