Undercover Social Worker

7th June 2010| Channel 4 Dispatches

In the wake of the tragic death of Baby P and other high-profile cases of child abuse and murder, Dispatches investigates allegations that child protection procedures and practices continue to be inadequate.

A Dispatches reporter worked undercover in a UK socival services department for three months, discovering what child protection services are actually like on the ground.

His disturbing investigation uncovers a lack of resources, inadequate staff support and training, high workloads, poor morale and overwhelming amounts of red tape and ‘box-ticking’, reducing the time that social workers can spend helping children.

The programme also raises questions about what is actually being done to protect some of Britain’s most vulnerable children.


Directed & Produced by Andrew Smith
Executive Producers: David Henshaw & Lesley Bonner