‘Social workers are easy media targets’

The British Association of Social Workers has criticised media
reports naming a social worker for his part in a case involving a
man who killed his friend and ate his brain.

Roger Hargreaves, chair of BASW’s mental health group, said
reports including details about letters sent to the Home Office
recommending Peter Bryan’s release from Rampton special
hospital had focused exclusively on the role of the social worker,
ignoring the part played by psychiatrists.

He said the press picked on social workers as “soft
targets” in cases involving the mental health

Bryan was detained indefinitely at Broadmoor last week after he
pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to the manslaughter of his friend
Brian Cherry in February 1994.

Three reviews of the case have been launched.

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