An article on Community Care highlighted the issues of the above. I understand wanting to help a friend. I understand wanting to make sure a friend is supported to the greatest extent, but at the detriment of your profession. How can you support your own family with no job? Why not just use your Social Work skills and knowledge to support her through the process? How about advising her how to get copies of her children’s records from the local authority so this could be used to her advantage?
What upsets me is that this is another blow to Social Work that is completely avoidable!!! There were proper channels for her to go through that would have provided her friend with the information she needs. It was completely unethical of her to access the information and might I add, not very intelligent since all of her activities can be tracked by the local authority.
Sometimes I think people are way too lacksidasical or emotional about their responses to things. You are supposed to be a professional. Why is that not part of your thinking. As a professional and a friend it is understandable to want to use your skills to help those closest to you but…. *sigh* I just don’t understand