Dear Mr John Hemming,
I would like your comments on the following please. As a social worker for South Gloucestershire council, I represent my colleagues and our passion/belief in what child protection teams across the country should strive to achieve.
In your interview with Panorama, you advise that anyone who is being investigated unfairly should leave the country.
If you had any insight into the profession of social work you would know that all parents who are being investigated for abusing their child, believe they are being treated unfairly.
Therefore, I would like to know why, as a Member of Parliament in an influential position, you felt it the right thing to advise parents that they should not work with local authorities for the protection of vulnerable children?
At a time when my profession is working tremendously hard to be more respected and promote our professionalism (following the Munro review), you have in one interview utterly undermined our work and purpose.
Your response to my email will be greatly appreciated. I hope you will be able tell me why you made these comments on primetime national television and your thoughts behind doing so.
Social worker, Leaving care service, South Gloucestershire council