Qualified Social Workers to Take Over Responsibility of Asylum Seeking FamiliesSocial Work
The Children’s Society has published it’s West Midlands Destitution Project, in which is states that social workers should take over care and support for children on asylum seeking families. The report concludes that qualified social workers are the only people with the sufficient experience and skills to fully support and keep safe these children who are in destitute circumstances.
Families seeking asylum are easily lost amongst bureaucracy and legislation. In a big city such as London, their circumstances are easily overlooked and taken for granted. It is clear that the situation cannot remain in its current state. As well as the high levels of poverty amongst asylum seekers, the Children’s Society is concerned for women who feel they cannot flee from abusive relationships as a result of the immigrant status. The necessary documentation allowing her to stay in the country will be under her partner’s name, and as a result she has no choice but to remain and put herself and potentially her children at risk.
But with cutbacks in public, social care recruitment companies are finding it hard to find work for their candidates. This results in a heavy workload for those who are lucky enough to have a job in social work. Locums can offset the duties of permanent social workers, but even then it is an extremely stressful job with many responsibilities.
In addition, it is concerning that the report phrases the issue with such fervour. The danger is that permanent and locum social work will be burdened with an enormous task, one which it simply doesn’t have the funds to fully achieve. Pair this with the tabloid culture of blame and qualified social workers will bear the brunt of an issue which has been neglected for decades and a failing system.