BASW condemns ‘name and shame’ website and urges employers to act (Copied from www.BASW.co.uk)

(copied from http://www.basw.co.uk and follow up to blog)

BASW condemns ‘name and shame’ website and urges employers to act

29th August 2012

BASW has expressed serious concern after the emergence of a new website aimed at ‘naming and shaming’ social workers who are involved in child protection work – particularly cases involving the removal of children deemed to be at risk. The site, UK Social Workers Exposed, clearly identifies individual social workers and encourages dissatisfied members of the public to post their complaints online.

Although a connected Facebook page has been taken down, following protests by social workers, the website remains active and continues to post inflammatory material about real social workers.

BASW has responded to the issue by issuing advice for social work employers on how they should support any employees named by the website [see below]. Social workers are being asked to share the advice with their employer.

Commenting on the site, BASW professional officer Nushra Mansuri said: “BASW roundly condemns the organisation calling itself UK Social Workers Exposed. Such websites should be removed as they incite hatred and worse against a number of professional groups involved in child protection, including social workers.

“I actually think the same laws applicable to dealing with, for example, far right groups need to be applied. Websites of this kind have no place in a democratic society and expose its proponents as those who do not value the rights of children to be protected by the state when they are being abused.”

BASW’s advice to social work employers

The primary responsibility for dealing with these threats to social workers lies with employers. It is often politic to ignore these sites – social work is not the only profession which is subject to this form of abuse – but in this case social workers are very clearly identified and there is incitement to hatred and violence.

BASW’s advice to employers is:

1. This libellous publication of information and opinion on the internet is equivalent to spreading unedited opinion in a newspaper or on television.

2. A responsible employer should regard it as a type of assault, and most (if not all) employers have very clear procedures as to how to deal with members of the public who are abusive to, or who assault, employees to whom they have a duty of care.

3. BASW would hope to see a letter go out from the employer’s legal department stating clearly that this type of abuse will not be tolerated and legal action may follow without warning.

4. Consideration should be given to reporting this to the police.

5. A referral should also be made to the Chief Officer so that it can be taken to whichever organisation they are part of (the Association of Directors of Children’s Services or Adult Services, for instance) with a view to lobbying Parliament to prosecute the website organisers.

6. The employer should also give thought to putting out a local press release to discourage others, and if action was taken and resulted in, for example, punishment for anti-social behaviour, that should be publicised.

7. The employer should also have written procedures for managers around this type of action, alongside social networking and other internet-based procedures.

……….

BASW is urging members with specific personal concerns about this development, or any  similar websites, to contact the Association’s Social Workers Union arm, by emailing swu@basw.co.uk

If you would like to comment more widely on this matter, possibly for publication on BASW’s website or in Professional Social Work magazine, please email editor@basw.co.uk 

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5 Responses to BASW condemns ‘name and shame’ website and urges employers to act (Copied from www.BASW.co.uk)

  1. isawyousawme says:

    Hi

    The author of the website below and myself i am not the author i am andy 07827731060 we all have all lost our children in the secret family courts due to social workers lying in our cases or not checking information blaming other child protection areas nhs teachers police schools nursery etc

    We have 4000 people who cant be wrong there was more but 4000 have provided medical and or legal proof

    courts dont want to hear neither does social services we will get justice on every street protest we join in every uk area the courts your offices will be full of people wanting the truth.

    The very people you protect you let down the children they have no human rights and no say and you profit from the job you do and the child remains abused scared for life they will not forget you neither will i.

    The silly thing is you have a choice but pensions job security and the rest you protect make you act the way you do.

    SOCIAL WORKERS AND THE COURTS AND THE GOVEMENTS HAVE LOW EMPATHY GOOGLE IT.

    REF http://uksocialworkersexposed.co.uk/ The 3 articles below

    SOCIAL SERVICES YOU ATTACK US YOU STEAL OUR KIDS ARE YOU RUNNING SCARED NOW ?
    or throwing your dummy from your pram you yes you will be the next to be exposed bye if you have done nothing wrong then you will not be exposed we hope all whistle blowers will come forward our kids returned by christmas please.

    1 http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Articles/29/08/2012/118477/councils-could-seek-injunction-against-social-work-hate-site.htm

    2 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/anger-as-social-workers-are-exposed-on-website-1-4877231#.UD-oxJiFuh4.facebook

    3 http://www.basw.co.uk/news/basw-condemns-name-and-shame-website-and-urges-employers-to-act/

    SOCIAL WORKERS WE HAVE 4000 PEOPLE 100 DOMAIN NAMES 5MPS ALL GOT DOCUMENTS OF CHILD STEALING NOW ITS OUR TURN GIVE US OUR KIDS BACK OR LEAVE THE JOB AS WE WILL NOT FORGET NEITHER
    EXPOSING INFORMATION AND PICTURES IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN AND WHERE EVIDENCE CAN BE FOUND TO BACK UP THE PARENTS CLAIM SO SUFFER ITS TIME TO STOP FORCED ADOPTIONS

    WE LOVE OUR KIDS WE ARE HEARTBROKEN WE HAVENT HAD NO SUPPORT WE WANT A INDEPENDENT REVIEW WORKING WITH SERVING MPS AND GROUPS WHO HAVE EVIDENCE TO GO THROUGH ALL THE FORCED ADOPTIONS IN YOUR AREA.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2128987/Children-stolen-state.html

    WATCH THIS VIDEO AND THESE LINKS

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJD9Gb3Dv7w brian gerrish ex navy

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-c6ATb7DP8 mp john hemmings

    http://victims-unite.net/2012/07/28/john-hemmings-family-justice-bill-for-public-consultation-on-his-website/

    http://holliedemandsjustice.org/content/robert-green-at-child-stealing-by-the-state-conference-stoke-on-trent-sunday-23-october-2011/

    http://thejarvisfamily.me/brian-gerrish-child-stealing-by-the-state/

    http://staffordshiresocialservices.wordpress.com/2011/09/03/blowing-the-whistle-child-stealing-by-the-state/

    http://www.fathers-4-justice.us/content/stop-child-stealing-state-12th-and-13th-september-9am-suncastle-skegness

    http://www.forced-adoption.com/

  2. Jennifer says:

    It’s okay for social services to hold huge databases of the private lives of and life-ruining lies about the public, but heaven forbid the public starts a database about the social workers who have elbowed their way into their lives.

  3. Anon says:

    Perhaps sites like this wouldn’t “spring up” if there was greater accountability for Social Workers’ actions and the public had faith in the so-called regulation of Social Services. The continual bandying about of phrases, “Lessons will be learned” do little to assuage the public. If you, I or Joe Bloggs Public lied in a court of law and were found to have lied either in the spoken or written format, then we would quite rightly be found to be in contempt of court and duly punished. Yet, there are many instances of social workers who lie & exaggerate in written reports and those reports are never held up by the Court/Panel/Meetings to more intense scrutiny and questioning? Surely, if important decisions are to be made about a child’s welfare and future then it is IMPERATIVE that the truth and heart of what is going on in a child’s life is what matters MOST. Not the indignation of parents nor the proffessional vanity of Social Workers, themselves. The decision makers need ACCURATE & UP TO DATE information so that they can make an INFORMED decision and not necessarily a cautionary decision “just in case”. This is in a child’s best interests. Under the current system, a social worker is incentivised to portray a bleak a possible picture of a child’s environment in order to secure their recommendations to a Court/Panel/Meeting. Of course, many Local Authorities (LA’s) state that parents can always put a complaint in writing if the parent is unhappy about any aspect of the Social Worker’s reporting/handling of a case. However, the conditions attached to putting forth a complaint are unrealistic, e.g., lots of LA’s implement a 21 day response deadline which are rarely ever adhered to, investigated by a Line Manager rather than and Indeptendent Body. Also, should the Complainant not be happy with the initial investigation then may have many “tiers” to go through. Meanwhile, important and life-changing decisions are swiftly being made about one’s child based on false or improper reporting. Even if a complaint is upheld, after what is now a lengthy period of time, the decisons that have been made about that child usually cannot be reversed.

    I’m not surprised that these sites exist. Social Workers, particularly leaders, need to stop burying their heads in the sand and stop being so “clannish” of their subordinates. Poor Social Work practice DOES exist and by being so defensive to the public/families about their colleagues does not instill confidence that parent’s concerns are being taken seriously. I think a lot of Social Workers forget that it is their remit to work in partnership with parents in order to acheive better outcomes for children.

    • Hi ya. thanks for the comments 🙂 you mmake some valid points, sadly true. Have you read my two recent posts re Judge Munby, and if i am right in what i am reading, he is stopping social workers hiding behind the secretcy of the family courts and if they lie they too will be placved in prison

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