In all of this that you’ve just read where is the Child’s best interests? Where is the Welfare Checklist? And why has nothing changed on the ground?
Why is it that despite policies and procedures there is such a reluctance of social workers to act in the best interests of the child? Remember that the social workers we’re highlighting within children’s services across the country are the same social workers that get involved in Public Law cases. They’re the same social workers who are supposed to help Headteachers and SENCos support the children in their care. They’re the same social workers who suggest any safeguarding referrals for Parental Alienation and Emotional Harm are taken back to the Family Courts.
Why is it that yet again we see the very organisations that are supposed to protect children fail them so miserably? Is it because, as with Cafcass, that we’re looking at social workers who can’t recognise or accept when they are out of their depth with a case?
Social workers across the UK have a duty of care to the child, and NOT to the parent.
It’s time they remembered that.
If you’ve experienced incompetence by social workers from your local authority or children’s services please comment below or contact us. We’re specifically interested in hearing from parents whose children have been ignored by children’s services despite evidence showing the likely presence of parental alienation, emotional harm, emotional abuse, or neglect.