For Most People, It’s A No-Brainer…

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.

More damage than being killed through carelessness or depravity? Gosh. Who knew social work was such a grey area…

4 comments for “For Most People, It’s A No-Brainer…

  1. Errol
    December 26, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Sadly, it is. Where does addiction to, say, painkillers and neglect caused by ill health become child abuse? The obvious is to cancel child benefit. Stop allowing people to profit from having children.

    • December 31, 2016 at 8:29 am

      Spot on! But the Left must be provided with a never-ceasing supply of future voters…

  2. AussieGuy
    December 26, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Children are not always ‘safe’ in foster care. Not all foster carers are good people – some take in kids for the income it brings in and some for darker reasons. Vulnerable kids are just disposable sex toys to those monsters. It’s not so hard to slip through police checks either, we’ve had several cases in Australia of pedophiles in charge of kids. I’m no fan of social workers but she has a point.

    • December 31, 2016 at 8:29 am

      We can, however, screen foster homes. We can’t seem to screen birth parents.

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