Deidre Sanders tells GSCC conference ‘tide has turned’

Deidre Sanders at the conference
Deidre Sanders at the conference

The “tide has turned” in media reporting of social work, according to The Sun’s agony aunt Deidre Sanders.

Speaking at the General Social Care Council’s annual conference yesterday, Sanders said the media is demonstrating a “more informed appreciation” of society’s need for social workers.

Her comments were made in defence of The Sun after Hilton Dawson, chief executive of the British Association of Social Workers, called the newspaper an “appalling rag”.

Sanders: “It’s important to move on”

Sanders’ appointment to the Social Work Task Force was met with widespread criticism in light of The Sun’s campaign to get the social workers involved in the Baby P case sacked.

The GSCC’s decision to invite Sanders to take part in its panel debate about improving the status of social work prompted dozens of angry responses on our online forum, CareSpace.

However, Sanders said: “It’s important to move on, because picking over the old sores isn’t helping anybody.”

Photos of Deidre’s appearance at GSCC AGM


Read our blog from the event: Did Dear Deidre tame the social work dragon?

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