Childrens Commissioner on experiences of Safeguarding
The Childrens Commissioner has published a good report
looking at the experiences of the safeguarding system from a family perspective.
There are some strong quotations in the report and it is surprising that it has not had any press.
One parent described how a male social worker had been allocated to
her daughter who had been sexually abused by her ex-partner and
was terrified of men. This mother had specifically asked for a female
social worker to be allocated.
“They just don’t listen. They don’t want to hear what you say.”
This issue puzzled the families, and they felt they never got a clear
answer about it and so were left with the conclusion that:
“It’s another way of controlling us.”
“They can leave and never come back, and you might never know, but
as soon as you say, this is not working, I want someone new, they
don’t like it.”