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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The value of good social work

Social Workers often get a bad press not least in some newspapers who see them as the thin end of the nanny state whilst at the same time blaming them for avoidable tragedies. It is only right therefore that we redress the balance whenever possible.

That is why I am happy to highlight this article in Community Care magazine. They report that a report from Bournemouth Universit has identified that improved practice by social workers has contributed to a near-halving of the number of child abuse-related deaths in England and Wales since 1974:

The research, due to be published in the British Journal of Social Work later this year found that England and Wales had experienced an overall drop in child killings of 47%, and are now ranked as fourth lowest of comparable nations. They had been rated fourth highest.

Child homicide rates actually fell by nearly 90% over the period, with just three children per million currently falling into this category. However, "undetermined deaths" – those that may have, but cannot be proven to have involved child abuse – went up.

As the report's authors Colin Pritchard and Richard Williams say: "Of course, one violent death of one child is one too many, and the numbers of children in the UK today who are still in need are no grounds for complacency.

"But perhaps it is time to give some credit to the improvements of the past 10 and 20 years to frontline social workers and the child protection services in England and Wales, which can match the best in the world."

The problem is if you have been involved with social services you know what they are like, and to be honest most of them are shocking, files are we told lost misplaced or not done, people are told at regular times nothing to do with us.

Of course we have good and bad sadly a lack of training understanding or money has made social services will to be blunt blood rubbish
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