Social workers are being asked to give examples of unethical media coverage of their profession to the inquiries called in the wake of the phone hacking scandal.
The College of Social Work made the call to help inform submissions to Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry into to ethics, practice and culture of the media and a separate investigation into the relationship between the media and the police.
Concerns about how media coverage of social work had demoralised the profession were raised by the Social Work Task Force and in Community Care’s Stand Up Now for Social Work campaign, itself a response to the hostile treatment meted out by some newspapers to social workers in the Baby P case.
“Media coverage of social work often lacks objectivity and raises significant ethical issues which we want these inquiries to consider,” said Maurice Bates, interim co-chair at the College of Social Work.
“This new initiative by the College will give us the best opportunity yet to explore fully the sometimes murky waters of social work reporting.”
The college is to send a questionnaire to its 7,000 prospective members and will work with Buckinghamshire New University’s Centre for Health Communications Research and Excellence to inform its submissions to the inquiries.
What do you think? Join the debate on CareSpace
Keep up to date with the latest developments in social care. Sign up to our daily and weekly emails