Many viewers will have been gripped by the recent Eastenders storyline involving a family and their contact with social services.
In one distressing scene, children were removed from the family home following an anonymous call regarding bruising to a child’s arm. But how realistic was the storyline?
- When social services receive a call reporting any form of abuse, a social worker will make contact with that family to see if any help or support can be given.
- The social worker may want to speak to the child/ren alone. They will need to see if the report of abuse is true.
- If the social worker believes that the child is at risk, this will be discussed with the parents of that child.
- A plan is then put in place during a Child Protection Conference. A Child Protection Conference will involve professionals, parents and close family members.
- In exceptional circumstances, the Local Authority may apply for an Emergency Protection Order.
The storyline on Eastenders has been criticised as portraying social services as removing children very quickly without proper investigation and without speaking to those involved.
The role of a social worker includes working with families to support them through difficult times and ensure that children are safeguarded from harm. Their role is to provide support and help to those that need it.
If you wish to speak to a member of our expert Care Team in relation to social services involvement with your family, please contact 01392 421777.