The BBC reports on a survey of 1,100 social workers carried out by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW).
According to this, 88% of social workers believe Government spending cuts are putting the lives of vulnerable children at risk. 54% of those questioned felt their caseloads were unmanageable.
BASW’s Chief Executive, Hilton Dawson, spoke of the system being at breaking point. The BBC quotes him as saying: "despite political pledges to protect front-line services, government cuts have left social workers drowning in paperwork, acting as receptionists and even cleaning toilets, instead of working to prevent further tragedies".