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The emperor’s new clothes

Risk, Challenge and child protection social work

This is the full transcript of Maggie Siviter’s edited article in the July/August issue of PSW based on a talk she gave to the Transparency Project in June 2016.Despte unsung daily successes, children's services suffer high vacany rates, low morale and public criticism. Maggie Siviter, a social worker in children's services for a quarter of a century, puts her head above the parapet to give a straight-talking personal account of what she believes has gone wrong - and what needs to be done to fix it.