Replay our live chat on the first episode of new Channel 4 social work series

Community Care readers joined a panel of experts on Thursday evening to discuss the first episode of Channel 4 series '15,000 Kids and Counting'

Child on swing
Picture credit: Gary Brigden

The commissioners at Channel 4 are really spoiling us at the moment, with a whole host of programmes about social work in the pipeline.

Yesterday was the first episode of ‘15,000 Kids and Counting’, a series that boasts “unparalleled access” to the entire adoption process, filming social workers, birth parents and adopters.

It threw up all sorts of interesting practice issues and dilemmas and, with any luck, could boost the public image of children’s social work in the same way that BBC2’s Protecting Our Children managed to.

We organised a live chat so that all social care professionals watching on Thursday could react to the episode and discuss their views in a safe and engaging space. You can replay the chat below.

15,000 Kids and Counting will air on Channel 4 at 9pm on Thursday 3 April. More information on the series can be found here.


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3 Responses to Replay our live chat on the first episode of new Channel 4 social work series

  1. Philip Measures April 3, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

    Needed explanation why Lorena could not go with her baby to the placement.

  2. Philip Measures April 3, 2014 at 9:18 pm #

    Not sure text messaging to SW’s very appropriate – certainly not 800 over one weekend!

  3. Becky April 11, 2014 at 8:16 am #

    In any of these fly on the wall programmes about social work I marvel at the lack of camera time spent highlighting the amount of paperwork/ processes that are undertaken. I know it’s not great TV but even to show a SW’ saying ‘now I will fill in this 20 page form along with that 15 page form and now it will go to this panel or that panel and then it will be inputted here and then it triggers these forms’ To show the actual time spent/ amount of forms would give people a truer picture of what is required in any 37 hour week . People must think we spend most of out time going from visit to visit jotting down the odd note. No wonder we are berated as being dippy and lacking initiative. Show the public how procedural the role is. And the true level of beaurocracy involved.