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Here is a quote from the article „Social workers should use social media to challenge public perceptions“ by Rebecca Joy Novell, published at Guardian Professional – Social Care Network.
The largely negative portrayal of social workers in mainstream media has a palpable effect on the confidence of practitioners. When the public see a social worker on TV show EastEnders unfairly and without query removing a child from Lola, a capable mother, it’s no surprise that their understanding of our role is warped. The damaging consequences should not be underestimated.
A child protection colleague of mine had to attend a service user’s house for an initial assessment. When she arrived she found a young mother in floods of hysterical tears, panicking about the prospect of her child being taken from her “like Lola’s was”. My colleague was incensed that an inaccurate portrayal had invoked so much fear in someone she was there to support.
Challenging these negative portrayals and presenting an honest picture of what we do is essential for restoring confidence in our profession. The media is central in shaping public perception and, subsequently, in shaping local and national policy. While it may not be possible for every social worker to represent their profession on prime-time television, it is possible for every social worker to have an online blog and a Twitter account.
For the full article please go to Social workers should use social media to challenge public perceptions | Social Care Network | Guardian Professional.