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January 12, 2005

A thankless task

Ok so this is a bit random, but as I was falling asleep last nite I was thinking about the most thankless jobs in society.
I think i settled upon "social worker" – particularly those working with children.

Think how many films you've seen where the social workers have been cast as the bad guys. Picture the scene… loving parents have their children wrongly taken away due to some kind of abuse charge.

But really, how often does this happen? Recalling that social workers are highly trained professionals, surely in the vast majority of cases they get it right.

I can't think of one TV drama or film where the social workers have saved the day by rescuing children from abusive parents!

In conclusion: If social workers 'get it right' then they work quietly behind the scenes and society doesn't care. If they get it wrong once then they're plastered all over the headlines and the scandal can last for days; thats a long time for a story to remain in the news.

Thoughts? Anyone think of a more thankless job?


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