Children’s social workers carry out work with children and young people from many different backgrounds, many of whom are extremely vulnerable, requiring a sensitive, age-appropriate and supportive approach.
Children's social workers work alongside:
Each child may be affected by more than one of the issues outlined above. Children’s social workers unpick those very delicate, personal problems and offer a package of support. Contrary to what some parts of the media says, social workers work hard to keep families together where they can and where it is safe to do so.
Aside from anything, it is costly to place a child in care for cash strapped local authorities.
It costs £29,000– £33,000 for an average annual spend on a foster place for a child and £131,000– £135,000 for an average annual spend on a residential placement for a child. Therefore it is in everyone’s interests – first and foremost children and families – and the taxpayers for social workers to keep children together where possible – and that is their fundamental aim. Myths that social workers get paid a bonus for taking children into care are beyond contempt and goes against the very grain of the ethics of social work.
Rather than vilify social workers for when things go wrong – they should be applauded for working with very vulnerable children and families and trying to provide them with the very best support possible.
Sarah Stowe, Managing Director of WillisPalmer, said: “Social workers are the backbone of society. They provide help and support to vulnerable families struggling to cope.”
“All too often we hear about social workers when something goes wrong. But these dedicated, specialist, innovative professionals go above and beyond every single day to improve the lives of children and their families and to help support them to remain together wherever possible.”
“It is this work that gets forgotten all too often, which is a travesty,” concluded Sarah Stowe.
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