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MissMoopy · 27/04/2009 13:44


My daughter has just been allocated a place at the one primary school I don't want her to go to.

I am a social worker and work within child protection and a lot of my clients children go to the school my dd has been allocated to.

I feel she will be at risk if she goes to this school.

I have spoken to school admissions and I have to go through the appeal process.

don't know aht i expect my dear mumsnet-ers to do about it!! Just ranting I guess!!

miss moopy x

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norksinmywaistband · 27/04/2009 13:55

You say you feel she will be at risk if she goes to this school, but what about the children who are not your clients, should they all be able to opt out as well.

I can understand if you feel your work would be compromised by your child mixing with your clients, but you are actually saying all children in this environment are at risk.

If that is the case shouldn't your clients be removed from the school to protect all the children who attend?

smallorange · 27/04/2009 14:02

I have social worker friends who are unhappy if their family comes into contact with a client, due to the nature of their work with them.

I would have thought the local authority would take your concerns seriously.

IneedacleanerIamalazyslattern · 27/04/2009 14:03

I took it to mean that her child would be at risk BECAUSE of her job not necessarily just because of who the other children are.
In truth in the same shoes I would be equally worried. Can you imagine how hard it would be if her dd came home and was bestest friends with "X" but "X" was on mums case load? Or that other children pick on her cause her mum is their social worker etc. I can see loads of scenarios where this would and could be a problem.

Afraid I have nothing constructive to offer but I really hope you get it sorted for your own piece of mind.

amicissima · 27/04/2009 15:43

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MayorNaze · 27/04/2009 15:45

if you feel she would be at risk because of you being who you are and doing what you do then that sounds perfectly reasonable grounds for appeal.

if it is the other interpretation of what you said then no its not.

i hope it is the first and wish you luck with it.

Blu · 27/04/2009 15:56

I am assuming that it is your job, with associated factors of conflict of interest and clients knowing your child, that is far from ideal.

But presumably, unless you apply to a school in a different borough or area, then sadly any school could have children who become clients or associated with cients?

Starbear · 27/04/2009 20:16

I would imagine sadly that the best schools have the least contact with social services.
Check where on the list you are on your first choice and make sure you are on their waiting list. Get your child on every other waiting list. I suppose your CPT covers a few boroughs or not?
I would imagine you would like a break from work when you get home too. Good luck

MissMoopy · 28/04/2009 11:17

NO, norksinmywasteband, I am not
saying that all the other children are at risk. i am saying that my child is at risk from bullying because i could potentially be removing one of her peers from their family home. I am not saying all my clients children are bad children but surely you can see the potential for difficulties.
And yes, i know all schools have children with child protection - but not children I know and am involved with professionally.

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norksinmywaistband · 28/04/2009 20:57

apologies, I obviously missinterpreted the op.
If that is the case, appeal panel should look at your case favourably

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