Vilifying social workers will make children less safe | Letters

Overwhelming workloads and media attacks will exacerbate a recruitment crisis, writes Dr Ray Jones, while Prof Mike Stein describes the impact of social inequality and the legacy of cuts to children’s services

Patrick Butler (Star Hobson case raises more questions over burden on children’s services, 14 December) noted that Bradford, where 16-month-old Star Hobson was horrifically killed, is “not the only council struggling to keep its child protection department afloat and working effectively”. I fear that it is about to get worse.

This week, it was reported that social workers have been threatened, attacked and spat on. There are consequences from the media coverage that this case has received, which will make children less safe and less protected.

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Category: Social Work