Community Care’s exclusive research shows overwhelmingly negative coverage of social workers, write Dan Lombard and Emma Maier.
The language used about social workers – mainly staff working with children – is hostile, speculative and often perjorative. Frequently stories show a lack of knowledge about the social work role and often breaking editorial guidelines in refusing to give a right of reply.
• Here we look at the research and how Social work failure stories crowd out positive news
• The study showed how the the language used to decribe social work is often ignorant and rude. How bullying tinpot Hitlers put children at risk
• Deputy editor Emma Maier says social workers must be allowed to talk to the press
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Here is the data showing how each newspaper scored