Social care sector’s Twitter reaction to Panorama’s ‘I want my baby back’

A selection of tweets about last night's BBC Panorama programme on the family courts

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3 Responses to Social care sector’s Twitter reaction to Panorama’s ‘I want my baby back’

  1. Jim Greer January 14, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    I have not watched the film on iplayer yet so this a general comment. I feel strongly that social workers should support the opening up of these Courts to public scrutiny. I don’t agree with arguments about childrens’ privacy being at risk. It should be possible to report on cases without making names public and the right to confidentiality ought to be with the parent not the local authority. As a tax payer and a citizen as well as a social worker I have a right to know what the state is doing in my name.
    It is the secrecy and perceived unfairness of these proceedings which is to blame for giving social work a bad image, not the media.

  2. Kirsty1411 January 16, 2014 at 7:03 am #

    Jim I agree wholeheartedly with you view, the courts should be open to court scrutiny and praise, my tweet is on here at the bottom. At the end of the day how can the system be made better when the failings and successes are not fully known. There are a whole dilemma of problems with the system but these problems cannot be addressed with out the full picture, where there are mistakes made with a wider picture and knowledge these can be thoroughly investigated and solutions come up with to try and minimize and maybe ultimately maybe even prevent them from happening again. Also where there is good practice and solutions to potential problems within a case they can be circulated and used widely.

    I am not a sw but I am someone who has been involved in the system since I was a baby and I have personally suffered and witnessed a lot of other suffering due to failures within the system. I have also witnessed some great successes.

    The panorama showed just one small part of the system and whilst it highlighted one serious major issues there are many more out there. I don’t want the problems and issues highlighted to slate sw’s or the system I want them highlighted so people know what is happening and then we can work on getting this system sorted, for the many children out there in the future who need this system to work, either to protect them or to help their families with the help and support they should be getting.

    It’s refreshing to hear a view like yours.

  3. Tina January 20, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    Theres always going to be a ‘fine balance’ with everything. At least when things are out in the open they can be discussed. Each and every case is different and unique and should be judged on it’s own merit. As a foster carer I have had children in for lots of reasons and I’m not a medical expert. There’s not a substantial amount of information with any child that comes in to care and we cannot be bias. Panarama usually does a good job with the information that it gets for the programmes and deals with difficult issues asking questions that some people in authority won’t ask for fear of upsetting someone.