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finally – a pat on the back for social workers – and a "massive" reduction in child deaths

5 May 2011

Child deaths from abuse have fallen dramatically over the past 30 years. This is a testament to the improved understanding, education and practice of social workers working in child protection and comes as a welcome change to the usual onslaught of criticism and mistrust that we see in the press, as evidenced in the Munro Review earlier this year. According to Professor Munro this negative portrayal “undermines public confidence in the profession and puts children at greater risk“. We agree

We have been working closely with education and social care providers for the last 20 years and have seen a recent huge increase in the number of claims made against practitioners for injuries and assaults that were perpetrated by family members. For the most part we have had the pleasure to work with intelligent, committed professionals who want, where possible to keep families together insofar as it is consistent with keeping children safe. They have an incredibly complex and difficult job. It’s good to see their hard work recognised.

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