News: Social workers condemn Eastenders storyline
Social workers have condemned a scene in a recent episode of iconic BBC TV soap EastEnders for portraying their profession in a negative light.
The scene, broadcast on Friday, showed a social worker taking a baby away from a character called Lola Pearce, a teenage mother who had left care. After the episode aired, social workers and charities expressed frustration and distress at the portrayal on Facebook and Twitter.
One social worker said: “I complained straight away to the BBC – because my daughter looked at me with disgust and asked if that’s my job, ‘do I take children off people when they didn’t do anything wrong?’ ”
The storyline had caused “real anger” in the profession, said Bridget Robb of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). “It is disgraceful to see a publicly funded broadcaster deliberately spreading misinformation about the child protection process because it is too lazy and arrogant to get it right.”
The BASW cites a number of abusive comments about social workers from EastEnders viewers on social media sites.
Meanwhile, the BBC has insisted that their intention was “not to portray social workers in a negative light” and said the scene was in keeping with Lola’s portrayal in the show.
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