We have seen in recent years serious failings in the competence and judgement of some social workers.
In Haringey, London, this resulted in the horrific death of a child.
Now three children have been deprived of foster care in Rotherham because social workers have decided their foster parents’ political beliefs mean that they are unsuitable as foster parents, despite these people having no other “blemish” (for want of a better word) on their characters from what I have read.
This behaviour reinforces every stereotype about social workers that you see in “soaps” and “sitcoms”: interfering busybodies. Who on earth do they think they are to pass this kind of value judgement? Do the application forms you have to complete now have a section indicating that you should be a Marxist-Leninist as one of the essential criteria to be a foster parent?
Strikes me social services would be better off without these characters than these children are going to be without their foster parents, who, from what I have also read, are quite a rarity to take on three children in these circumstances.
R Kimble, Leeds