- Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:27 pm #116084
Christina of Birmingham is a bit optimistic here - "I was wondering how her story had ended, glad to see it's a happy one. They look a lovely family." The story's ended, is it? Hardly.
It happens even sooner than that. In a previous job I had regular dealings with people involved in a Social Work Masters programme at a uni. I won't name it but the uni is in the top 10 in every league table and runs what is almost certainly the top Social Work training in the UK - it has an international reputation and very big names. Now this course was always filled effortlessly but an awful lot of the students were getting cold feet as their placements loomed. Their earnest desire to make a positive contribution was butting up against this growing sense that they were hated by millions and about to step out the door and into that foaming bile. There were quite a few who thought they'd get their qualification and try to get into a 'good job' away from children and families work. Failing that they'd retrain in another profession or seek a role not working directly with the public. When had helping children and families stopped being a 'good job'? Assessing if an old person needed a wheelchair ramp or meals on wheels was beginning to look like the good job to many. Certainly important tasks in their own right but practically nobody wanted to go near C&F work and those that did were considered barmy by some of their peers. Even doing a C&F placement alarmed some who had absolutely no intention of going near it in their whole career.glasgowgril wrote:It's when social work departments start finding they can't fill vacancies in children's departments because nobody wants the opprobrium that goes with the territory that the real dangers kick in.
No-one's doing that.No-one's suggesting that. You are projecting.davidjay wrote:I'm a bit wary that we seem to be looking down on this woman because she's not too bright. It's dangerously close to 'Sterilise the Underclass.'
So not entirely down to Social Services then.But they were last visited by carers on the morning of September 24. They were meant to leave home for respite care later that day but they refused, to the frustration of their worried sons Jeremy and Jonathan.
Social services were notified of the situation by Jeremy, who asked them to reinstate the care package previously in place.
But social worker Anthea Sherwood said the sheer 'volume of calls' she was dealing with meant that never happened.
Three days later Jeremy went to the house to find his father dead.
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