A social worker handling cases in North East Lincolnshire has been dismissed after posting Facebook remarks reprimanding parents, children and her bosses. Joanne Thomas posted repeatedly about her work in public posts including ruinous remarks about her casework and delicate information about families she was dealing with.
In one post on her public Facebook feed, she moaned about having to dispense with nightmare parents and demonic children while another called a manager a ‘f***tard* and families contacted Grimsby Live raising concerns that she had been brazenly discussing the work that she had done with them.
Joanne Thomas, also identified as Jo, had been employed through an agency by North East Lincolnshire Council’s children’s services. She has presently been removed from her post with the council. The council said the remarks were upsetting for families and had acted quickly after concerns were raised, and it has urged the agency that hired Joanne Thomas to investigate the matter.
Joanne Thomas continually posted about her work, provoking replies from her online Facebook friends. In one she said: “Today was not great, back to back meetings, nightmare parents, demonic children and sh***y drivers.”
Raging about another case, Joanne Thomas states of one mother: “Moronic cow shouldn’t be allowed near kids.’ An additional post was extremely critical of a large family stating: “A busy day trying to work out the family dynamics of a family with xx children, not all the same parents but hell I was confused but the amount of different names and relationships of adults involved.”
She further had a constant practice of referring to the families that she was dealing with as “drunks and druggies” and constantly called her bosses and the families “f***tards”.
There were also posts where she named the place of the families that she had been dealing with, as she discussed how her bosses ordered her to return a child to their parents that she considered to “not want her”, calling the parents “awful” and even slating the child, calling her “gobby”.
In one post made, Joanne Thomas was challenged by one woman who said: “Inviting the public to comment on families’ private concerns must break rules on professional conduct.”
Joanne responded: “No it does not.
“I did not name anyone, I did not mention an area and who said it was about work! Stop stalking me.”
In another post, Joanne, who was involved in family work and court cases, stated: “Today I hated my job!
“I had to return a *-year-old and a *-year-old to their mother, an alcoholic, who took an overdose in front of them.
“The * year-old was so distraught at having to go back she soiled and then wet herself, she wrung her hands and sobbed.
“I hope those that made the crappy decision have the same nightmares I will now have.”
One person who had Joanne as their social worker contacted Grimsby Live to display their displeasure that she had been wantonly discussing their casework in social media.
They said: “I was shocked to find that this woman had been openly talking about the cases that she is handling involving my family.
“While we were not mentioned in some of her most critical posts, it was easy to tell who she was talking about based on the times of the posts and the fact that she says ‘today this happened’.
“A social worker can have so much power over issues that affect families right to their core and for a social worker to talk so critically and biased about families is just wrong.”
The posts are deemed to have breached stringent rules on professional behaviour for social workers. When North East Lincolnshire Council discovered the posts, she was promptly withdrawn from working with them. The council has further urged the agency to begin a full investigation into the posts.
A spokesperson for the council stated: “The person concerned is not one of our staff, but is employed by an accredited agency the Council uses to help support its work in this important field – this is normal in many local authorities to ensure we’re able to help the most vulnerable of our residents.
“We weren’t aware of the posts, but as soon as we were informed, we took immediate steps to contact the agency and remove the individual from working with us.
“We have also asked the agency to undertake its own investigation into this issue as there’s an expectation that staff working for them understand and adhere to Council policies as required.
“To do that, we offer support and advice to both agency employees and our own staff to ensure they’re able to carry out their jobs in often very challenging circumstances.
“We understand how upsetting seeing comments like this can be, but any families that might have been affected at this time can be assured that we’ve acted swiftly to deal with it. As this is likely to be subject to an investigation by the agency concerned, we can’t comment any further at this point.”
Sadly we’ve not all been fortunate enough to have been brought up with parents who set a great role model, but this lady was supposed to help them, not hinder them, and Social Workers know the sort of people that they might be working with when they sign up for this position.
To be a Social Worker you have to sign an Official Secrets document because Social Workers are dealing with private stuff and also have to appear in court, and you could go to jail, however, Prosecutions for violations are very rare with less than one a year going to court.
What a wicked woman, although you could kind of understand that she might be upset by what’s going on, these children are normally the victims of societies wrongs, and clearly when there are people like Joanne Thomas complaining about the children, where she was supposed to protect them, and obviously she couldn’t stand the children either, what future do they have in life?
She shouldn’t have been giving such a critique on her work with dealings in such things, it was evil, and she should have been thinking of the children, but it appears to put more importance on protecting the natural family unit, be it a single parent and many children, perhaps many fathers, or the more traditionally nuclear family, than the real well being of the defenceless children, and we’re aware there are family units caught in a circle of replicated failures that lead to anti-social and illegal behaviour, but that doesn’t mean we can plaster it all over the social media.
A person with this much authority over people should not be distributing probably vulnerable families dilemmas for the people to comment on. People have difficulties from time to time and have to let social workers into their homes and their lives.
There is a level of trust that comes with some jobs and this is certainly one of them, and safeguarding and Data Protection are paramount when professionals are dealing with vulnerable clients, and now we’re going to be spending money on tribunals et cetera, wasting money to support this woman win her case in court and it’s shocking.
If this woman wanted to be a whistleblower, there were much safer ways of going about it, but obviously, this was not the case because you could see that she despised her job and the families that she worked with.
No surprise families don’t like or trust social workers, not when they do stuff like this. This woman was in a position of trust, and if there was a problem, she shouldn’t have sounded off to social media, she should have sounded off to her superiors.
Some of these families have real difficulties and require assistance, but why would you want to trust somebody like this woman?
Sadly, children don’t pick their parents or the neighbourhood that they grow up in, and this woman was dealing with families, some of who are a danger to their children. Not all families are a danger to their kids, some simply require a helping hand, and this woman should have been supporting them, but instead, she was crippling them by putting stuff on social media.
Everybody is allowed their own opinion, but when your working for Social
Services as a Social Worker, your role is to look after those families, that was her duty and if she didn’t like what she did, then perhaps it wasn’t the best career for her, and she should have left it to those people who do care enough to support them.
And Facebook was clearly not the right forum to be addressing those matters and was not professional at all. She was dealing with social work situations, and to be discussing those cases, whether she named and shamed them or not was unacceptable.
Her remarks might have displayed the reality of some of those clients that she had to deal with but she had no license as a Social Worker to discuss those clients over social media, plus if she had a problem, she should have taken it up with her bosses, not everybody all over the globe.
Social media is a public domain, which means that most people can see what you put on there, and this lady was fully aware of that fact, the problem is social media has become an obsession for countless people. Joanne Thomas conveyed her views to the public domain of Facebook and now it’s out there for everyone to see, and calling parents moronic and children demons are not fitting for a Social Worker to say on social media.