The ‘Guardian’ series on work soldiers manfully on, with this dispatch from the trenches:
I’ve sat on excrement a fair few times. It’s never easy to point out to someone that their dog has left a deposit on the sofa, but all you can hope for is that they recognise why that it is not OK.
Yes, it’s the role of social worker under the spotlight this time. And you’re in for a treat. A glimpse into the tough decisions they have to make.
Drug-using parents are the cases I dread the most. Trying to help people in the grip of addiction while simultaneously assessing what the impact on their children may be is heartbreaking.
Then remove those children. Isn’t that your job?
If a child needs to be removed in urgent circumstances, everything else stops until that child is safe. It can ultimately be a relief that they are out of harm’s way, but when we know that moving a child itself causes damage it is a very difficult decision.