Social workers injured, verbally abused or murdered by angry parents

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Dear East Sussex County Council,

Please can you tell me under the FOI how many social workers have had the following done to them by service users over the last 10 years;

1) verbally assaulted
2) psychically injured
3) murdered

Please can you tell me under the FOI how many services users have had the following done to them by social services / social worker over the last 10 years;

4) verbally assaulted
5) psychically injured
6) murdered
7) abused a services users child(ren)

Yours faithfully,

S. Prichard

Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

 

 

Dear S Pritchard

 

FOI Request ref:  1531 / Pritchard / Social Workers

 

Thank you for your request for information about the above. Your request
was received on 17/8/2012 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We always aim to respond as quickly as possible, and in this case will do
so no later than 14/9/2012, which is the 20 working day deadline. The
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Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Jeremy Coleman

Freedom of Information Officer

 

East Sussex County Council

Governance and Community Services Department

C3F, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913
Fax: 01273 481208

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Dear S Pritchard

 

FOI Request ref:  1531 / Pritchard / Social Workers

 

Thank you for your request for information about the above, which has been
dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your
request and our response are set out in the text boxes below. Please note
that the information is provided subject to the copyright and reuse of
information terms and conditions set out at the bottom of this email.

 

Request:

 

Please can you tell me under the FOI how many social workers have

     had the following done to them by service users over the last 10

     years;

    

     1) verbally assaulted

     2) psychically injured

     3) murdered

    

     Please can you tell me under the FOI how many services users have

     had the following done to them by social services / social worker

     over the last 10 years;

    

     4) verbally assaulted

     5) psychically injured

     6) murdered

     7) abused a services users child(ren)

 

 
Response:

 

1) allegation of verbal assault 77
2) allegation of physical injury 15
3) murdered 0

 

notes/interpretation:

o The response to questions 1 – 3 refers to incidents reported under our
Incident Reporting Policy since April 2006. Please note:

-  no corporate incident records exist prior to April 2006

-  no records are available regarding incidents which were not reported as
required by the policy

-  corporate incident records only state if an employee was subjected to a
verbal or non-verbal assault resulting in injury, and do not indicate if
the assault was by a service user

o ‘Social Worker’ defined as staff in the following roles:

- Senior Practitioner (Social Work)

- Social Worker

- Youth Offending Team Practitioner

 

 

4) allegation of verbal assault 13
5) allegation of physical injury 2
6) murdered 0
7) abused a service user’s child/ren 0

 

o The response to questions 4 – 7 are taken from information available
over the last 4 years.

 

 

 

I hope that this answers your enquiry. If you believe that the County
Council has not complied with the FOI Act in responding to your request,
you may ask for an internal review. If you wish to do so, please set out
the grounds of your appeal in writing to:

 

Philip Baker, Assistant Director, Legal and Democratic Services, East
Sussex County Council, County Hall, St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes, East
Sussex. BN7 1UE.

or by email to him at [1][email address]

 

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at: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.  [2]Tel: 0303 123 1113.  [3]www.ico.gov.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Jeremy Coleman

Freedom of Information Officer

Room C3F

County Hall

St Anne's Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE
Phone: 01273 482913
Fax: 01273 481208

email: [4][East Sussex County Council request email]   web: [5]www.eastsussex.gov.uk/foi

 

 

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Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

Dear S Pritchard,

 

Further to our response to your request for information, we have now
traced earlier records going back to 2002. We will therefore now be able
to provide a more accurate response. This is still in the process of being
collated and I will write to you shortly once it has been completed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Jeremy Coleman

Freedom of Information Officer

 

East Sussex County Council

Governance and Community Services Department

C3F, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913
Fax: 01273 481208

email: [1][East Sussex County Council request email]   web: [2]www.eastsussex.gov.uk/foi

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Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

Dear S Pritchard,

 

Further to my email of 5 September, please find below updated figures for
questions 1, 2 and 3. Our response to questions 4, 5, 6 and 7 remain
unchanged and are only available from the past 4 years.

 

 

ESCC response – questions 1-3:

 

1) verbally assaulted 148
2) psychically injured 82
3) murdered 0

 

notes/interpretation:

o The response to questions 1 – 3 refers to incidents reported under our
Incident Reporting Policy since September 2002. Please note:

-  no records are available regarding incidents which were not reported as
required by the policy

-  corporate incident records only state if an employee was subjected to a
verbal or physical assault resulting in injury, and do not indicate if the
assault was by a service user

o ‘Social Worker’ is defined as staff in the following roles:

- Senior Practitioner (Social Work)

- Social Worker

- Youth Offending Team Practitioner

 

 

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Jeremy Coleman

Freedom of Information Officer

 

East Sussex County Council

Governance and Community Services Department

C3F, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913
Fax: 01273 481208

email: [1][East Sussex County Council request email]   web: [2]www.eastsussex.gov.uk/foi

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From: Freedom of Information
Sent: 05 September 2012 10:09
To: '[FOI #126137 email]'
Subject: FW: FOI Request ref: 1531 / Pritchard / Social Workers

 

Dear S Pritchard,

 

Further to our response to your request for information, we have now
traced earlier records going back to 2002. We will therefore now be able
to provide a more accurate response. This is still in the process of being
collated and I will write to you shortly once it has been completed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Jeremy Coleman

Freedom of Information Officer

 

East Sussex County Council

Governance and Community Services Department

C3F, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913
Fax: 01273 481208

email: [3][East Sussex County Council request email]   web: [4]www.eastsussex.gov.uk/foi

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