As if we needed another reason. I've blogged often enough about the many problems faced by social workers (most recently only a couple of days ago), but today The Guardian describes one more reason not to become a social worker: being named and vilified on blogs and social networking sites. This can range from "vitriolic criticism" to personal abuse and threats, and is often done in flagrant breach of orders or rules banning the identification of the children and the parties concerned.
As The Guardian points out, it is extremely difficult to exercise any control over what goes on online, but if this sort of behaviour goes unchecked then inevitably even fewer good people will choose to join the profession. As usual, the losers then will be the most vulnerable children in our society.