29 Jul 2020Read more
Social work is a profession that attracts people who care about people, who want to make things better, who want to relieve suffering and who want their work to make a difference. It is a profession devoted to helping people function as well as they can in their environment.
Against this background, Social Work Tutor provides some facts about what child protection social workers are having to cope with:
The impact of this on vulnerable children and their families is immeasurable. And the impact of this on social workers?
Recent research undertaken by Barnardo’s and YouGov in which 295 children and families social workers participated, revealed that shrinking services are increasing stress levels and making social workers unwell.
The research broadly mirrored the findings of an all-party parliamentary inquiry published in July 2018:
“With fewer and fewer resources for early intervention, and long waits for specialist mental health services, we are in danger of failing a generation of vulnerable children who face a future without hope."
Javed Khan, Barnado's Chief Executive
Social workers identified a lack of resources and support as a barrier to children and families getting the help that they need. Rachael Wardell, chair of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services Workforce Development Policy Committee, said: “Protective measures are harder to achieve against a backdrop of funding cuts and an increasing number of children and families in need of help and support." Social workers also have limited time to work with families due to unmanageable caseloads and the amount of paperwork which they are now required to complete. The supervision and ongoing training they require is often not available to them as it would have been in the past due to the increased level of need and the cuts to service departments. On occasions, they are left to sink or swim.
Barnardo’s chief executive, Javed Khan, described the survey as depicting a “perfect storm” and a “wake up call”.
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