I have just been sat with one of the kids at work, because his social worker has been and really upset him. Social Workers are supposed to help kids, not interrogate them until they break down.
I had contacted Social Services regarding this child, as he won’t eat and we can’t convince him to do so. I was hoping the Social Worker would have a calm conversation with him to try to get to the bottom of this, but instead, she started yelling at him, which started a slanging match and ended up with him storming out. When I asked her what that was all about, she gave me a dirty look and left. (Not very professional!)
I managed to locate the child and got to the bottom of the problem. (Being home sick) I said that not eating is not helping him and if he’s home sick, there are things we can do. Junior House has a Skype in the Care Office, so we can do video calls and there is also the phone, which residents can use on their units.
I have phoned and left a message for this Social Worker’s Manager to call me back, but knowing Social Services, they won’t. This Social Worker is not from our area, but regardless, you would think they learn some bloody manners!