Researching Reform

The excellent Community Care reports today that a social worker has been struck off for faking a conversation with a vulnerable child, to complete her report. The social worker claims, in a statement for the hearing which resulted in her being struck off that she was unwell at the time, hugely overworked and under pressure to be “disingenuous”.

Disingenuous. It’s a strange choice of word, with several potential meanings. To make matters more confusing, the article doesn’t clarify whether the social worker felt the need to behave this way at work or in her private life. The wording of the article though tends to suggest that it refers to the former.

If we believe this social worker’s statement, what we are essentially faced with is a local authority, in this case Harrow, which is breaking the law and policy, to get through its case loads. In the finer detail…

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