Over the past year Radio 4 journalist Andrew Bomford has been following James, one of our Frontline programme participants in Hertfordshire, as he works with mother Emily. Emily has had nine children, all of whom have been taken into care, and she has recently given birth to her tenth child, Harry.
Andrew has been accompanying James as he spends time with and supports Emily and her partner to care for their newborn baby, speaking with them about their experience along the way. He has also been attending unit meetings with James as he works on the case with the support of his fellow participants and consultant social worker. From this he has developed a series of 10 reports which are being aired on the PM show every Monday and Thursday.
“I’d like to think that those listening will gain a better understanding of the role that social workers play in the lives of the families that we support with and, most importantly, of the lengths that social workers go to in order to empower families to create and maintain changes in their lives that mean our support is no longer required.” – James, Frontline programme participant.
This is a unique opportunity for you to find out more about the experience of Frontline participants, and how they are working with families to empower them to create and maintain change. We hope it will challenge the often negative perception attached to social workers, and the children and families they support.
You can listen to the show here, on the BBC Sounds website or app at 5pm, and find it on our social channels.