Social workers are feeling the pressure.
Today it was revealed that 70% do not feel like they have enough resources to protect children and 43% have felt pressured to reclassify child protection cases as child in need.
More than 1,000 social workers in England responded to the survey by Community Care. Here are the thoughts and experiences of social workers who are dealing with these problems every day.
All experienced child protection social workers are leaving the profession and newly qualified social workers are undertaking most of the work. They are less efficient at it
Managers want to process cases speedily to meet targets. Unless there are SERIOUS child protection concerns, no social work involvement is likely
Cases can be downgraded to children in need so more child protection cases can be allocated to that social worker to fit in with allocation guidelines
It was a clear case where the children should have been removed as the abuse was long standing but it continued to be worked and closed at regular intervals. The local authority prides itself of having one of the lowest children in care rates but it’s a disaster waiting to happen
Local policy is mainly resource led and not need led
Child of 14 reported to be in a relationship with a man in his 30s – not investigated as child protection, thresholds said not to be met
Long term social work teams don’t have the experience and/or the capacity in terms of workforce