A Community Care survey has revealed shocking accounts of the abuse and violence social workers have been subjected to in their work. More than 94% of the social workers surveyed reported having been abused in some way, including 22% who were victims of physical violence and 92% who had been verbally abused.
And in a separate study, data gathered from 117 councils shows a rise in the average number of recorded incidents of abuse, harassment and violence against social workers and other social care professionals.
In response Community Care has teamed up with Unison to launch a campaign calling for action to improve reporting and recording of the problem so that the real extent of the problem is finally revealed.
We’ve also gathered together a number of resources to help social workers deal with the danger they face in their work, including a specially created video offering advice on how to defuse dangerous situations.
These are your shocking stories of abuse on the frontline: