Friday, November 21, 2008

Feeling a bit depressed

I don't know why I let it get to me. It has certainly not been a good few weeks to be a social worker but nevertheless the vast majority of us work really hard in challenging circumstances.

So then I read something like this about some woman who claims she was told she was too posh to adopt, and it isn't so much the article that bothers me (typical Daily Mail story) but it is the comments that follow it. 191 to date. And so very many posted by some of the very many people who obviously simply hate social workers.

Makes me wonder why any of us bother.


Yorkshire Pudding said...

"Makes me wonder why any of us bother."
Putting sticking plasters on a fractured society is a thankless job made all the more difficult by the masses of "paper" work that social workers are expected to do. For every Baby P there are hundreds of children who have been protected through the interventions of social workers but of course the bread and butter work of social work is more mundane than that though no less vital. In my experience, the vast majority of social workers are motivated by goodness, kindness and a genuine desire to help solve some of society's ills. Keep up the good work!

Gill said...

I have no idea why anyone would want to be a social worker, it's a thankless task, not made easier by understaffing. And how can you put children into care when there aren't enough places for them to go and not enough foster parents? It must be very frustrating, especially as you get constant criticism from all and sundry. It's a lot easier to critcize than it is to actually DO SOMETHING.

Gill said...

PS Thanks for doing something :-)

JoeinVegas said...

Every organization has incompetent peope. Here in the US a lot of them go to work for the government. (I did, work for the government I mean, not the incompetent part. At least I hope not)

J.J said...

Thanks YP and Gill. Am so over my fed-up-ness now and have reverted to thinking 'Fuck 'em' instead - far healthier don't you agree?

Joe - they are everywhere. Over here I think they are mainly in 'customer care'(sic) centres.