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VICTORIA CLIMBIE INQUIRY - UNION WARNS IT COULD HAPPEN AGAIN

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Unison will warn the Victoria Climbie inquiry tomorrow that a similar ...
Unison will warn the Victoria Climbie inquiry tomorrow that a similar

tragedy could happen again, BBC Radio Four's Today programme heard this

morning.

Unison national officer Owen Davies told the programme: 'We're warning in

our evidence that unless government and local authorities substantially

boost investment in social services, it may well happen again'.

He said: 'The pressures and stress that social workers are facing is so

great that they live in a climate of fear that something will go wrong'.

Unison had carried out a national survey, at the instigation of its Haringey LBC

members, to see if the problems in Haringey's social services were

experienced elsewhere. The survey found they were, Mr Davies said - for

example 96 per cent of those responding said their case loads were too high

and 88 per cent said new staff were thrown in at the deep end, given

difficult cases straight away. The survey is published today.

* see LGCnetfor the submission of the ADSS to the inquiry today.

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