Friday, 15 March 2013

Child Protection

One needs to be of stern stuff to work as a social worker in child protection. These guys walk a tightrope. I read today that Haringey have had to pay damages to a family for launching an investigation without appropriate grounds. I appreciate that being falsely accused of abuse must be a truly dreadful experience. But what if there is abuse and th Authority fails to act? We have been there before more tan once. Yes they have procedures to guide and protect. But I also bet the team at Haringey like most Local Authority Departments has been under pressure to cut costs. Many jobs require judgement calls under pressure, but there are few where the stakes are so high.