To think (hope) Eastenders portrayal of social services (Lexi & Lola story) is wrong?

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MoonlightShadows Fri 05-Oct-12 20:10:47

I am watching it at the moment and am finding the Lexi/Lola storyline quite disturbing, I can't imagine social services really carry on like this and think it's an unfair portrayal.

IneedAsockamnesty Fri 05-Oct-12 20:11:43

fuck me i just started this exact same thread in chat

Shallishanti Fri 05-Oct-12 20:12:47

you are right, I think it's misleading and very unhelpful as it will make people afraid of sws. Is it a sw? or a hv?

amillionyears Fri 05-Oct-12 20:14:13

It doesnt sit right with me either,from my limited experience of them.
But social services are made up of individual people and everyone is different.

MoonlightShadows Fri 05-Oct-12 20:15:04

I was a fairly young single mum and didn't have a social worker. I spent a lot of time on the phone to my health visitor who was absolutely fantastic and gave me so much support.

Fairylea Fri 05-Oct-12 20:15:56

I have no idea if it's right or not but I find the whole story with the Michael thing juxtaposed with it very depressing.

But then I am mum to 15 week old ds so even a recorded baby cry sets me off.

Fairylea Fri 05-Oct-12 20:17:09

(Sorry I ment depressing in the sense of how much Lola loves her baby and the sense of impending doom that the baby might be taken away).

PinkFairyDust Fri 05-Oct-12 20:17:33

She has had loads of social workers since lexi has been born
Would the social worker be so judgey about some alcohol being on the side?!

Also the social order was really mean when Lola told her out taking lexi to go and see the lights....saying she won't remember - made me feel really sorry for them

lecce Fri 05-Oct-12 20:17:48

I was thinking of starting a thread like this.

That sw is totally unbelievable - looking all prissy at a tiny pile of washing up hmm.

Yes Fairy. I noticed that too.

The whole thing is strange. And very uncomfortable viewing.

IneedAsockamnesty Fri 05-Oct-12 20:19:13

there is something very strange going on.

MoonlightShadows Fri 05-Oct-12 20:20:17

I think Lola gets her baby taken away this episode... Really awful message for any young mums out there who may have dealings with SS...

chickydoo Fri 05-Oct-12 20:20:27

I think the sw storyline is a bit far fetched.
No way would a sw be that negative, especially when Lola is such a fab Mum
I think something very bad is about to happen.

JamieandtheMagicTorch Fri 05-Oct-12 20:22:03

Eatenders has been shite for years and years. It doesn't portray the east end I know, so I haveno trouble believing it doesn't portray SS accurately.

gordyslovesheep Fri 05-Oct-12 20:22:53

well it's not real life is it - I never understood Bianca being so skint - she worked, she had 79879797 kids - she would have got TC and other benefits yet she didn't seem to know this

Lola has a SW because she was in care and is still 'looked after' to some extent but the SW is completely OTT and unrealistic

sw are nothink like that. I think they are just making it over the top.

whoopwhoopbib Fri 05-Oct-12 20:23:37

Please tell me if something bad, without going into too much detail, is going to happen to baby Lexi because I have just had to turn it over (Mastermind - an emergency choice) as I can't bear to watch it. Disclaimer: I am aware it is not real but have a 6 month DD and I can no longer watch stuff like this.

Fairylea Fri 05-Oct-12 20:23:40

I think it's a horrible storyline actually. It paints all social workers to be unfeeling unintelligent idiots. When this just not true. Yes there's a few bad eggs but that's the same with any job.

The other social workers Lola has had have been brilliant and supportive though haven't they? So I don't think it is portraying this woman as the "norm" in regards to social workers.

I think her story in relation to Michael and Scarlett's is quite poignant. Scarlett seems to be quite unwanted yet nobody gives a hoot, but Lola has been a great mum who loves her dd to bits and is trying so hard despite her young age, yet she is the one who ends up in this situation.

Mrsjay Fri 05-Oct-12 20:24:08

I don't think they are showing Sw in a very good light tbh It is shocking the way that sw is speaking to lola and billy , I know it is just a telly programme but some people think Sw snatch babies or make life hard for people I don't think it is true,

GrimAndHumourless Fri 05-Oct-12 20:24:30

what Jamie said

NB not watched for YEARS, not once Kat N Alfie drove orf into the snow*

*may be misremembering the snow

WelshMaenad Fri 05-Oct-12 20:25:42

Fucking hell, my mum was a LA sw and was far too busy dealing with all the teenage mums on heroin to worry about some washing up and day trips.

I don't watch EE. For many reasons, I am glad of this.

There was snow! It may have been from a snow machine though grin

Flisspaps Fri 05-Oct-12 20:26:29

I've only just started to watch it again after turning off with the whole Ronnie Mitchell stealing baby Tommy scenario.

It's made me turn straight back off.

Same with Hollyoaks and post CS Nancy - no drip, no bed pad, no sign of a MW anywhere, no catheter, no compression socks. Also Riley's dad demanding that Myra hand Bobby over for him to take to the US - its seemingly been ignored that as his parent, Mercedes would have to consent to him being taken out of the country. That's made me switch off again too.

boaty Fri 05-Oct-12 20:26:36

We were just discussing the same thing...I gave up and came on here instead. No wonder SW get such a bad press. Irresponsible or, if accurate in any away, scary!

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