Welcome to another week.
An official review into the care system in Scotland has concluded that children in care are being bullied because they are using social work jargon they are picking up from their case workers. The review calls on the government to use language that makes sense to children and doesn’t lead to them being singled out and bullied.
“”Children in care talk about being “LAC kids” (looked after child), discuss their “siblings” rather than their brothers and sisters and often live in a “unit” rather than a home”, said Fiona Duncan, chair of the Independent Review of Scotland’s Care System….
Duncan Dunlop, chief executive of the advocacy charity for care experienced young people Who Cares? Scotland (WCS), backed the findings.
“This definitely leads to bullying,” he said. “Workers just don’t think.”
Fiona Duncan is now calling for services such as health, education and social work to use language that children feel comfortable with.
Our question this week then, is just this: do you think England and Wales should also look at changing the way its social workers speak to children in care about their lives?