In relation to such a distressing topic, Viv Cree, Head of Social Work at Edinburgh University, always brings a calm, reflective and informed perspective. She wrote this blog post for Community Care in reaction to the BBC programme about three child deaths in Fife in 2014.
"Social workers cannot protect all children, and cannot prevent all child abuse. It is not, on the whole, social workers who harm children – it is their parents and carers, and as pressures on families increase (financial pressures, mental health pressures, drug and alcohol abuse etc.), so the likelihood of a child being harmed also increases."