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Posted 14 April 2016
Serious Case Review will be initiated to look at any failings on the part of Derbyshire County Council’s social services department
According to the BBC, a Serious Case Review will be initiated to look at any failings on the part of Derbyshire County Council’s social services department, following the brutal murder of Ayeeshia Jane Smith by her mother Kathryn Smith. We regularly hear that social workers have too many cases, their budgets have been slashed year on year by the Government, and social workers simply do not have the time to visit families in need. Front line social work practice has been strangled over the years leading to many social workers spending their time completing paperwork rather than visiting families and investigating safeguarding concerns.
I note that the cases I handle identify extremely poor social work practice leading to a breach of duty of care. It would appear there is false economy in cutting children’s or adult services within social services departments, which inevitably lead to criticisms of social workers for failing to act when they should have done, only to then spend significant amounts of money investigating and reporting in Serious Case Reviews or costly Public Inquiries.
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