‘Vile’ hate site faces legal action for naming social workers (Copied from Community Care)

Copied from community care (and follow up from previous articles published in my blog)

Employers take legal advice on removing names of staff from UK Social Workers Exposed website, following successful campaign to take down related Facebook page.

The site's Facebook page, which has now been removed

The site’s Facebook page, which has now been removed

Mithran Samuel
Thursday 30 August 2012 11:34

Councils are considering taking legal action against a “vile” and “deplorable” hate site that has named and pictured social workers whom they employ.

The news follows a successful campaign by social workers to have the site’s related Facebook page taken down.

The website, UK Social Workers Exposed, names and pictures over 20 social workers and other child protection professionals alongside Nazi imagery. It is run by a campaign that seeks to expose professionals for the supposedly unjust removal of children through care proceedings.

“Here on this website we will expose the social workers that have stolen and continue to steal the children of the UK,” the site’s mission statement reads.

Sheffield and Derbyshire councils, who have had staff named on the site, are taking legal advice as to what action they can take to have the names removed. Other authorities are also considering what action to take.

“Social work is a challenging job which involves working with families in often difficult circumstances, where no decision is ever taken lightly,” said Jayne Ludlam, Sheffield’s executive director for children, young people and families. “Social workers are professionals and there are proper, official channels through which they are held publicly accountable for their actions. Web pages like this are deplorable and do not benefit any party involved whether they are the worker, the parents or the child.”

A Derbyshire Council spokesperson said: “Social workers have a tough job to do. We only take action to remove children from their parents after the courts have decided we should do so. Websites like this are unhelpful and we are looking into what action we can take to get details of our staff removed.”

The British Association of Social Workers has issued advice to employers about responding to the naming of their staff on this and other sites, while The College of Social Work is contacting the employers concerned.

BASW professional officer Nushra Mansuri said she was “sickened” by the site, which she described as “vile”.

“I actually think the same laws applicable to dealing with for example, far right groups need to be applied,” she added. “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.”

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