Posted: 21/10/2016 at 15:06
..... Sobering thought that even though we do our best to help, there must be thousands out there floating under the radar.
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Yep and the day before every school holiday starts the office phone will be red hot with teachers phoning to tell us in the social work team of their concerns about children they would be unable to monitor and support over the holidays.
They didn't seem to understand that even social workers don't have the ability to step in immediately and sort stuff out - huge caseloads and shortage of funding means that in most cases only the most urgent abuse cases can be acted on immediately. Hungry, frightened and neglected children sometimes have to wait ......
It might frequently have been much better if teachers had told us of their concerns earlier in the term, rather than try to improve things by acting informally, often feeling that telling social workers of their concerns might alienate parents and result in more problems for the children.
It did sometimes feel that the teachers just needed to tell us their worries so they could have their holiday free of guilt, leaving us to try to sort things out at short notice.
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