Why are love and care no longer part of child social work?

In this article Julie Rix meets social worker Jenni Randall and one of her early clients, David Akinsanya, who have now teamed up to deliver training to professionals.

After being David’s social worker for seven years and moving job Jenni negotiated with statutory services so that she could still play a role in David’s life. Jenni went on to run a children’s home and insists that what children need from professionals is a continuous, caring presence and someone to remember parts of their history. Both Jenni and David advocate a move away from short-term outcome-based interventions - instead suggesting that love and affection become a part of the social work role.

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