Welcome to Community Care’s weekly round up of our favourite reader reactions to the past week’s developments in social care.
Jane Parry started this week off by raising concerns about BASW’s response to the government’s Knowledge and Skills Statement for social workers:
But there was praise for Lee MacNeall, the care leaver interviewed about his experiences, as well as strong views on the current treatment of care leavers.
An autistic social work student’s diary inspired social workers to discuss the value of being different in the profession.
Another student social worker got professionals talking about how to deal emotionally with their work after she wrote about not being able to sleep as the job took its toll.
The news that got most social workers talking this week were the claims that police briefed journalists against social workers following Baby P’s death, with many speaking out against the profession’s blame culture.
As Helga Pile from Unison questioned why employers were referring particular cases to regulators, social workers also raised questions about the HCPC sanctioning a social worker for failing to manage their caseload.
And finally, a blog about how residential care can provide opportunities for siblings to stay together, had professionals debating what needs to be done to improve residential homes as an option for young people.