Christmas for most of us is a time of festive cheer, family get togethers, too much mulled wine and general epicurean excess. And so it should be.
When a proposal was made in 2014 that accredited standards for social work would be introduced by the Department of Education through the Chief Social Worker for England, I saw real potential for promoting social work excellence in children’s services.
When the multiagency safeguarding hub (MASH) receives a contact, the MASH screening officers for social care first check if the child already has a social worker. If there is an allocated social worker, they are considered to be the best person to support the child, so the case is referred directly to them.
Over the years the social work profession has seen many changes, not just in the way the profession is structured but in law, policy and procedures.