Question: is she actually a social worker from social services or a social worker from the hospital you had your baby at?
I was in a young mums midwifery program when pregnant and had the option of a social worker for support ( everyone is offered one, for help with things that you have mentioned, transport housing etc) I declined because for me it wasn't needed but is that perhaps who she is?
I find it strange if she is from the department of child services.
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31-12-2014 20:53 #11
The problem with social
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31-12-2014 21:08 #12-
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There had to be some reason why a social worker is visiting you. Are you sure everything is ok where you are? Things may not be as bad as the social worker a making out, however if you are not able to see why they are there in the first place that would concern me.
31-12-2014 21:30 #13
31-12-2014 21:35 #14
It all sounds very strange... No one can make you stay at home for 2 weeks.
31-12-2014 21:47 #15
This doesn't sound right. Speaking as someone who has worked as a Government child protection social worker, they would not be visiting without a reason, such as a child protection report being made, and would only continue to visit if they felt it was justified. Sounds like a lot of information is missing.
If you are unclear about the reason they're involved, ask for it to be explained again and perhaps written down formally.
31-12-2014 22:49 #16Junior Member
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I can defiantly assure you that there is no missing info, they're making a big thing out of nothing, and I wasn't one from the hospital she is a social worker, I wanted to go back to my mums for how ever long I felt was needed for support and she tried to send me off to some flat which was in a different county and a good couple hours drive to where I live, then her boss wanted to speak to my mum about the request for a new social worker, my mum shown up to this meeting and her boss said that I couldn't go live with my mum, didn't give a clear reason why AND this was on the day I went into labour, I was having contractions asking my mum where I was going to be living, my social worker wouldn't let me stay at my Nan's or my dad's, she wanted to put me in a flat on my own, without my partner, to 'assess me' even though they wanted family support around? Luckily I was in hospital for a week as I had quite a rough labour so it gave us time to sort a place to stay, then when a place was finally sorted I was allowed to stay at my mums again? It's not fair on me, my baby, the rest of my family or anyone!
31-12-2014 22:57 #17
Where are you from Op? I'm only familiar with Victorian Child Protection and this whole thing sounds bizarre.
CPU literally does not have time to visit this often unless they have concerns that a parent is not acting protectively.
If there were concerns about parenting skills or age they would offer parents community services based support such as a pregnancy and parenting program and peer support.
31-12-2014 22:57 #18
So you presented at the hospital early in your pregnancy and purely because you're 17, they called child services and assigned you a social worker for when you gave birth??
I'm still very confused why the social worker is around in the first place.
31-12-2014 23:08 #19
Hi stroodle77 it looks like you are posting from the UK and most members of the forum are from Australia so have different laws and regulations regarding social services which is why some seem confused
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31-12-2014 23:20 #20
I'm in the UK. While I haven't had a social worker I did have the midwives and health visitors in my council checking on me regularly because I was high risk for post-natal depression. It was a bit annoying, they would give me a day they would come but not a time so I would have to stay home and wait for them only to have them not show up until the end of the day. Surely making me stay home all day was worse for my mental state!
They mean well and are meant to be helping but I found it a very unorganized system and do not see how it could be helpful. I had a different person every time and always had to explain to them why they were still seeing me, as if that would encourage me to open up about being depressed, there's no continuity of care. We are in a different council now and it's better, the same health visitor checked on me regularly when we first moved here.
In theory the set up is a great idea but the NHS is really lacking with funding and organization so it's often a big mess.
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