Working in social services, particularly with children, can feel like you're under siege from all sides. Job security is a concern, particularly in the current climate; the media attacks social workers (damned if you do and damned if you don't). And rather than addressing issues with perpetrators of child abuse, social workers lose their jobs for failing to protect them; the problem often actually being that many services have failed to share information well or, sadly, harm could not have been prevented anyway.

Social workers have to enter unsafe environments to protect children and are condemned for it. We are not well paid. We are forced to carry very high case loads and work over long periods of time. Managers are as concerned for their jobs as workers as no one feels protected from the top down.

Burn out rates and drop out rates are incredibly high in social work and if you do not have a supportive team or manager to depend on, the job is very frightening indeed.

Working in social services shouldn't be like this.

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