As a Child Protection Social Worker, I have seen many harrowing things that will stay with me for the rest of my life. From the worst kind of abuses imaginable, through to parents simply not having the capacity to prioritise their children’s needs, Social Work forces you to face up to how cruel this world can be.
It forces you to step up to the plate and stand up for others.
I have spoken before about how emotional abuse of children is one of the most difficult risks for Social Workers to evidence. The long-term impact of emotional abuse is often not known until many years down the line; mental health issues, poor achievement in school and substance misuse issues all more likely to occur in later life if children have suffered from emotional abuse.
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