Saturday, 2 May 2009

Damned if they do.

With the recent conviction of Baby P's joint murderer and step-father Steven Barker being convicted for the rape of a two-year-old girl, Social Workers and the Social Services are in the news spotlight again.

I'm not a huge fan of Social Workers and the Social Services, though I'm aware that they have huge responsibilities to fulfil.

And yet, even though you can argue they miss some of the most extreme cases of, for example, child abuse, there are those who say that social workers are too zealous, rather than too cautious, in dealing with matters such as adoption and access to children.

Here are three sites which seek to confront the other dark side of social work - where the see or punish abuse that isn't there - or that just isn't abuse at all.

The Families and Social Services Information Team.
"Fassit was founded in 2005. A non-governmental voluntary organisation independent of Local Authority Social Services Departments. Fassit provides a website containing information and advice for families with children experiencing frustration in working with Social Services in Child protection Proceedings."
It campaigns to keep children at home with their families whenever possible despite what they see as the false disapproval or victimization of the Social Services. Read it here.

No 2 abuse covers genuine cases of abuse, but also campaigns against that zealotry in the State's child welfare bureaucracy, including forced adoption.
Read it here.

FORCED ADOPTION concentrates wholly on the one aspect of Social Services excesses and the secrecy of the family courts that sometimes nurture them.
A personal crusade by a lone campaigner, it brings together the political, legislative, ideological and human mess that our government seem to be failing to mend. Read it here.


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