With an election round the corner and a prime minister who seems intent on threatening, rather than listening to, children’s social workers, it is more important than ever to stand up for social work and make your voice heard.
We have already detailed 100 ways in which you can do this, but if you work in child protection there is one more: share your views and experiences of working in one of the most challenging, and high profile, areas of social work today.
We know from talking to you that the child protection system is reaching breaking point, and that many of you feel unsupported, under resourced, worried, stressed and frustrated.
When we last surveyed you, 80% of you said austerity measures in your authority had left children at increased risk, 80% of you believed child protection thresholds had increased in your area over the past year and 73% of you admitted you lacked the support and resources to prevent a child at risk in your area from coming to serious harm.
Yet when we raised your concerns, on the BBC Breakfast sofa no less, the government dismissed them. We cannot allow ministers to keep minimisising these very real issues. So, we have commissioned independent researchers to solicit your views.
They really need your help to build an accurate picture of the pressure you’re under (or the excellent support and plentiful resources you’ve received, if you’re one of the lucky ones) so please do take a few minutes to share your experiences.
You can also join our Stand up for Social Work campaign by:
- Taking one action and telling us what it is
- Signing our open letter to David Cameron
- Sharing this article
- Sharing what you’ve done to make a difference today
- Writing a letter to your MP
- Changing your profile picture