Tuesday, 30 August 2016

More analysis, less allegation

Allegations against a social worker involved in the case of Liam Fee (the murdered Fife toddler) are currently being put before the Scottish Social Services Council conduct sub-committee. It is said that she was "disorganised and chaotic".

I do not know any more about this case than appears in the news reports. However, I do feel a general sense of unease that there is so often so much emphasis on disciplinary measures, when what is required is a careful analysis of systems and how they have failed.

Rather than trying to prove that a person has been "disorganised and chaotic" it is much more constructive to ask how organisations can avoid placing people who are believed to be "disorganised and chaotic", or at risk of becoming so, in situations where real harm to a child can result.