In recent years, the social work sector has received negative publicity due to cases like Baby P. As a result, the general public’s perception of social workers isn’t necessarily true of how they can make a difference to vulnerable children and families.
This is why we are really pleased to see two national TV programmes have been focusing on what social workers do and have provided a balanced insight into the social work profession.
15,000 Kids and Counting – Channel 4, Thursday 9pm
In 2013, 15,000 children were waiting to be adopted. This three part documentary, concluding tonight, uses cameras to follow the highly challenging and important work of child protection officers and the adoption process from start to finish. Along the way, we meet social workers, foster carers, birth parents and the adoptive parents as tough decisions are being made about the future of vulnerable children in Britain.
Protecting our Parents – BBC 2 – Thursday, 9pm
Currently in Britain, there are more pensioners living than children. As the population continues to grow older, there is an increasing pressure placed on a system that is already struggling to cope.
This documentary has unprecedented access to Birmingham’s NHS and Social Services’ older adults care teams. It follows cases over the period of a year and shows the perspective of the professionals, the families, and the elderly.
The first episode in the series starts tonight at 9pm.
It’s great that people are having the opportunity to see these programs and understand what really goes on. It’s been a brave but beneficial decision from both the local authorities and the social workers (and the families filmed) to allow the cameras to follow them for several years for these programmes to take place.
These programmes will make a huge different in allowing the public to understand the sector. We will look forward to watching the next documentary.
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