‘The best social work I’ve seen wasn’t about filling out forms’

When Ruth Ibegbuna looks back at her two years as a foster carer, one social worker’s visit stands out.

“I had two young girls living with me, they both loved Disney. The social worker came round, sat down cross-legged on the carpet and had a really deep discussion with the six-year-old about the final sequence in Frozen for about 20 minutes,” she recalls.

“She didn’t turn up with an agenda, she didn’t fill out any forms, or talk about LAC [looked after child] reviews. She just talked to the six-year-old about something the girl cared about. I was just watching it, thinking ‘this is brilliant work’. From that point on that girl adored that social worker completely. They had that bond.” …

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