The heart of the problem

Eileen Munro in the Independent today:

The Government has lost sight of the basic nature of child protection work. We can begin to understand the dynamic flow of a family’s life and detect abuse only by spending time with parents and children. We can improve childcare only by forming relationships and working with parents. The organisation needs to be centred on supporting that human contact with the family. Instead, what we have now are organisations centred on feeding the Government’s ever-growing appetite for hard data at the expense of the complex and subtle information social workers actually need to form a realistic assessment of child welfare.

You might want to refresh your memory of the problems with the new ‘Integrated Children’s System’ and the Government’s resistance to social workers’ objections.

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