Research Finds Covert Facebook Use Rife Among Family Social Workers

I recall reading somewhere that a Social Worker can only look on service users/parents Facebook profiles once before it becomes harrasment.

What happens, when any of us have it in writing in a letter or through a Sars Request where it states they will continue to monitor us, so openly admitting it (using mental health as a reason/excuse to not take too much notice where emails were shared about re what got posted between several professionals who work for the Council and after being falsely diagnosed anyway at the time a parent had Social Services involved prior) so would be considered as sharing false information to third parties perhaps to discredit us.

I can also inform you, that it appears our phone calls can be/can be considered to be monitored to your Council. This is something I can evidence where it’s appearing our names are red flagged, and the problem is then that the places or professionals it has got shared with can amount to slander, or at least your Council holding inaccurate information on you when you had already got falsely diagnosed through Court proceedings xx

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A new study looking at the way social workers in England use social media to observe parents and children has concluded that covert surveillance is rife among social workers engaging with families.

The study, which was published in September, by academics at the University of Birmingham, England and the University of Auckland in New Zealand, also noted that the proper use of social media within a social work context was largely unknown due in part to confusion around what kinds of investigative powers were available for child welfare professionals.

But a piece by The Times in March confirmed that some British social workers were breaking the law by covertly surveying and accessing private information about service users through platforms like Facebook. The Times referenced a government-funded study also produced by the University of Birmingham which found social workers had used fake profiles to “friend” parents in cases where their…

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Councils Using Alternative Orders to Remove Children from Parents After Judicial Push Back on Care Applications

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Councils are increasingly turning to other types of court orders to remove children in child protection proceedings after senior judges warned social workers that care applications should only be used as a method of last resort.

The development was revealed by new Cafcass chief Jacky Tiotto, during an interview with Children and Young People Now (CYP Now) magazine.

According to Tiotto, there has been a marked increase in requests for orders for deprivation of liberty, secure accommodation and emergency protection during child protection proceedings.

The finding raises serious concerns about whether social services are making false allegations around service users’ mental health in order to remove children from parents.

Emergency protection orders are only to be used in the most serious circumstances and give councils the right to remove children from their parents if there are concerns around child abuse. These orders can also limit a birth parent’s responsibilities towards…

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