Survey of practitioners on eve of coronavirus lockdown warns ‘immense’ stress on households is making meaningful social work more difficult
A survey of 129 practitioners – 117 of them social workers – between January and March 2020 found the “vast majority” of families receiving services were poor, with 94% saying the prevalence of this had increased.
Social workers who completed the survey, conducted by the Child Poverty Action Group, Association of Directors of Children’s Services and Child Welfare Inequalities Project, reported a range of factors that made working effectively with families under severe financial strain more difficult.
These included practical challenges, such as families being unable to afford travel to appointments, or…
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