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Social work – hurrah for more resources – and for the BBC

24 February 2012

Cardiff council has found £250,000 to hire 5 agency staff and will be employing 8 more permanent staff in April.

At the same time, the Public have reported “palpable shock at the realities of some people’s lives” as reflected in the BBC documentary Protecting Our Children.  My own view is that this documentary provides a fair summary of the types of cases social workers currently have to deal with. It can be seen that they have to work with challenging individuals and carry out a terribly delicate balancing exercise to decide whether its best to support parents and their families to look after children at home or whether that is simply not possible. I expect that programs such as these help the public understand how much time and care needs to be taken by social workers working with vulnerable children, and why allocation of resources such as these that have been found by Cardiff council is so important.

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