40 There was a professional jealousy of youth services by social care which was

40 there was a professional jealousy of youth

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accorded the professional respect given to social workers. (40) There was a professional jealousy of youth services by social care which was very clear to the Inspection team. This attitude persisted despite the obvious contrast between the power and size of children social care as opposed to a small team of youth workers (40) “The social care line was that these were non-social workers who didn’t know what they were doing.” (A former senior officer) “She [social care manager] was the professional, they were the statutory service, who knew what they doing and we were just youth workers .... That attitude is not uncommon, but is not generally seen to this extent. The roles are different, there are tensions - and that’s not always inappropriate - but not to this extreme. My relations with [social care manager] and [social care manager] were very frosty”. (A former youth service manager). (44) “There was professional snobbery ..... I was advocating for a young woman at a meeting and I was just shut up, I was told that I could sit in the meeting but that I wasn’t allowed to participate. That’s how you were treated.” (A youth worker). (44) Risky Business needed to be part of a multi-agency setting which ensured that ‘the traditions of supportive youth work be sustained.’ (51) The proven success of assertive outreach work by youth workers in getting to know the girls, building relationships with them, and helping them to understand the street grooming process is lost in the necessary processes and paperwork of social work. (90-91) … an ongoing debate in RMBC about whether a youth work or a social care model of intervention is most effective with victims of CSE. In fact, both are needed; a joint approach building on the professional skills of youth workers and social workers doing what they do best. (91) Recommendations: The dominant use of a social work model in their CSE approach does not recognise the vital role of youth workers in prevention, which means: No effective outreach youth work for victims and poor prevention work. (92) Action to identify victims at risk of harm is insufficiently resourced and the assertive outreach youth work which was so successful under the former Risky Business model has ceased and not been replaced . (97) … removing youth work – and the invaluable outreach work which it enabled – from RMBC’s response. (144) BDD March 2015
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