The heartbreaking and traumatic experience led to the practitioner, from Lincolnshire County Council, taking time off to recover.
Heather Sandy, director of children’s services at the authority, said the social worker was “incredibly upset” and the council was making sure she was getting all the support she needed.
“This was a devastating experience for those working with the family, and all have been given an opportunity to take time off.”
The related article’s comment section also displayed an outpouring of support for the practitioner.
“I pray for the family concerned and for the social worker and her family as they navigate the extremely painful emotions following this awful tragedy,” said Bee.
“I’m certain all that could be done to support this family was done to the best of their ability and with only the best intentions towards the child and his parents.”
Support in place ‘not effective’
Bronson’s case calls to attention how frequently social workers encounter dangerous or distressing experiences at work – and raises the question of how well employers support them when they do.
Lincolnshire said it had ensured that the practitioner and colleagues who had worked with the family had “regular contact from managers, supervisors and colleagues” as well as access to a counselling service and trauma-informed support.
However, in response to a Community Care poll that drew 613 votes, the majority of practitioners (85%) said that support from employers following traumatic incidents was ‘not very’ or ‘not at all’ effective.
Only 8% called the support ‘very effective’ and 7% ‘quite’.
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