Social workers are to be given emergency training to help children cope with the emotional turmoil of Zayn Malik’s departure from One Direction, Community Care understands.
Since the singer left the popular boy band last week, children’s social care teams have been overwhelmed by requests for emotional support for teenagers suffering ‘Zayn Pain’.
“This has been unprecedented, and has forced local and central government into action,” minister for boy band relations, April Loof, told Community Care.
The minister added there was a very serious debate within government about postponing the election to deal with the One Direction crisis. However, that idea was shelved in favour of specialist social work training.
Where do broken hearts go?
The training will include learning all of the lyrics to the band’s most popular songs, ‘Where do broken hearts go?’, ‘Story of my life’ and ‘Last first kiss’, so social workers can serenade the heartbroken youngsters.
Social workers will also be required to carry around a photograph of Zayn (pictured left) at all times to help soothe distressed passers-by. The training toolkits will also include 7,000 pages of unedited fan-fiction about Zayn, which will be mandatory reading for social workers so they can understand the mindset of struggling fans.
“Having worked in a boy band for several years, I understand the emotional impact that a member leaving can have on devoted fans,” the minister said.
Peter Ian Staker, spokesperson for the Associated College of British Social Workers, welcomed the minister’s announcement.
“We are glad the government is acting on this most grave situation. Social workers are overwhelmed. More referrals for Zayn Pain are coming in everyday and social workers don’t know how to help these vulnerable young people,” said Staker.
Staker did, however, criticise the government for not having a contingency plan in place for this kind of emergency. “The government is not doing enough to safeguard services against these foreseeable crises,” he said.
Staker added: “All I can say is thank god Harry Styles didn’t leave because then we really would be in trouble.”