Monday 1 July 2013 08.30 BST
What social workers need to know about working with sex offenders [sic]
"Social work provides values and interventions that can help support convicted offenders [really, how?]
There is a lack of understanding about the risk posed to the public, especially children, by sex offenders, says Frances Robertson. [indeed]
Investing time in understanding the complexity of child sexual abuse and resources to provide solutions is often unwelcome by the public. [indeed]
Instead, society seems to find it more palatable to label and stigmatise perpetrators through high-profile investigations. [indeed]
Child sex abuse [weasel words] is universally [really?] viewed as abhorrent, but the actions of Operation Yewtree have split opinion. Some feel that alleged offenders should remain anonymous until proven guilty and believe that alleged victims should not be able to remain anonymous.
This, however, shows a lack of understanding about the risk posed to the public, especially children, by perpetrators of sexual abuse. Surely it is better for all concerned if preventive strategies are developed and an attempt is made to understand how such abusive behaviour happens in the first place." [indeed]
Frances Robertson is an independent senior social worker working as a sessional advice and representation officer for the British Association of Social Workers (BASW)
In our experiences, the problem is, just like the NPS, the SS are 'all' unevidenced-based, dominant narrative, establishment, robots.