Saturday, 24 May 2008

Social Workers Asked About Khyra Ishaq Case Weep For.....Other Social Workers

Over in the 'Telegraph' this morning, a reporter tries to get to the bottom of the reasons that nothing was done about Khyra Ishaq.
Wes Cuell, a former social worker and senior officer in the NSPCC, understands the pressures social workers can find themselves under. "The main problem we have is a lack of continuity in council social services departments due to a shortage of permanent, experienced social workers. Councils since Climbié have done their utmost to put in place adequate numbers of frontline staff but have been hampered by a national shortage of qualified people."
And the reasions for this? Well, all the fuss made when they screw up, apparently - it's so unfair:
But why is there a shortage? "Social work is a high-risk and often thankless job – just look what happens to those who get it wrong, as in the Climbié case. One woman was told she would never be allowed to work with children again."
Oh yes. Social workers everywhere know exactly who the real victims of the Climbié case were...

5 comments:

drax said...

It is a difficult job and I'd never want to do it in a million years. Dealing with blacks is a case of damned if you do, damned if you don't.

JuliaM said...

Or yellows. Or browns. Or whites.

Disfunctional families come in a rainbow of colours.

Rob said...

I think drax's post was referring more to the fact that if you interfere and no-one is in danger, you are a racist, and if you don't interfere and someone dies, you are a racist.

JuliaM said...

It could have been his point, but having seen 'Pub Philosopher's' recent infestation of Stormfront vermin, I'm going to make sure no-one gets the impression this would be a good alternative hangout for them if Steve decides to clean house..!

drax said...

Rob has explained what I meant. Believe me, white social workers are treading on egg-shells with minorities, particularly blacks... Not sure that many cases like this involve brown or yellow families, tho.