Wed, 16 Sep 2009
The Liberal Democrats Shadow Children's Spokesperson has launched plans to make children safer and ease the burden on social workers across the UK.
The proposals, which will be debated at the party’s forthcoming Autumn Conference, include:
- Scrapping the children’s database (ContactPoint) and investing the savings into more administrative and technical support for social workers so they can spend more time on the front line
- Allowing social workers to complete secondments in other agencies and encouraging other child protection professionals to gain experience working with social workers
- Enforcing the publication of an anonymised version of Serious Case Reviews
Commenting, Liberal Democrat Children and Families Spokesperson, Annette Brooke said:
“Despite numerous reviews, reports and reforms it is clear that the child protection system is still not working properly. Some of our most vulnerable children are still being let down.
“Co-operation between different professionals involved in protecting children can often be poor and many social workers are lacking the support they need.
“Social workers should have the opportunity to complete secondments with other professionals working in child protection, such as the Police and schools. This would ensure better communication and understanding between all child protection professionals.
“The Government is pinning a lot of hope on its massive children’s database, but this huge, intrusive project will not encourage professionals to talk to one another. It should be scrapped, with the money saved used to give social workers extra support, allowing them to spend more time with families and less time completing paperwork.”
A copy of the paper can be viewed here.