The pairing up of social workers on child protection home visits may not make the job easier, the British Association of Social Workers has claimed.
Unison called for social workers to operate in pairs after the Khyra Ishaq case. But BASW chief executive Hilton Dawson said: “The high-profile child protection cases of Baby Peter and Khyra Ishaq are extremely complex and involved and there are typically many professionals and different agencies working with families such as these.
“For Unison to say that social workers should operate in pairs to prevent a repeat of these situations happening again is naïve and loses sight of the craft of social work. It’s a painting-by-number formula for very complex work.”
BASW has called for an overhaul of the profession, looking at staff shortages, high caseloads, and insufficient support and supervision.