“I have done everything ‘right’ to get education and work and a family. But I have woken up to discover I am society’s garbage”, says social worker Lisa Ansell in the Guardian’s Comment is Free.
The answer to the crisis in child protection social work seems obvious to me and is very clearly illustrated by Lisa Ansell’s article. It is to pay social workers, even the newly qualified, at rates above the national average wage – they have above average skills and do a job of above average importance – and limit the caseload of even experienced child protection social workers to a maximum of 10 cases. All the rest, better training, better supervision etc will be as nothing if these basics are not addressed first.