Child protection issues on television, film and radio

Documentaries and news reports

Social work and social workers



  • Love is not enough a series of programmes made by the BBC following the adoption process in the UK, following 4 families from the initial interview stage through to the placement and beyond. 
  • Panorama The Truth About Adoption Filmed in Coventry, this documentary covers the search for an adoptive family for two sisters, decision making about the future of 3 children in care, and the story of a little boy whose foster parents want to adopt him but whose birth mother wants him back.
  • A Home For Maisie In her 8 years of life, Maisie has lived in 10 different homes and been through 2 adoption disruptions. She has significant emotional and behavioural needs. Social services have placed her for adoption one final time, with a couple who have already adopted 8 older children, but if this doesn’t work out, Maisie will spend the rest of her childhood in care. This documentary follows the family and Maisie as they go through therapy at Family Futures, an organisation with a 95% success rate at keeping families together.


Special Guardians




Jo Brand and Alan Davies appear in ‘Damned’ on Sky Arts, a comedy/drama about a social work team struggling in a chaotic office. Read Jo Brand’s interview with the Radio Times and how she hopes this programme will show people what its really like to be a social worker.

Silent Witness – Protection. BBC Drama from January 2015, focusing on how the social services ‘deal with the issue of abusive or neglectful parents, giving the well-worn theme a new slant that wisely avoided black-and-white right and wrong moralising’ (review from The Edge).

2 thoughts on “Child protection issues on television, film and radio

  1. karen

    social services are child abusers on a mass scale you dont take a child from a mum who has given birth then becomes ill two weeks after child birth with out any help or support a child birth related illness that no one could of predicted yet while court proceedings were taking place mum becomes pregnant and has a pre birth assessment with no social service involvement has gone on to have two children yet the first born who was forcefully adopted will be four in march 15 and his biological siblings are 19 months old and 3 weeks old with no social service involvement what so ever yet this is a mum whom was made out to be a monster who could not protect her child yet she dose a mighty fine job in being a mummy to her boys and is broken heart daily due to the loss of her first born son so wrong this is harping daily to so many young mums and parents family’s being ripped apart and destroyed through crystal ball method risk of emotional harm abuse or neglect its so wrong family law and the so called professionals are making thousands from these court cases were there is never no harm abuse neglect what so ever no charges or criminal proceedings yet behind closed doors these parent/s are being handed out 18 year sentences even a murder gets a fair trial while these parent/s are gagged behind closed doors in court rooms and told not to divulge it with anybody or face jail the system stinks abolish forced adoption and give parent/s justice in a proper court allow media in but protect names of child/ren just to much of child stealing going on in this system it needs to be stopped

    1. Sarah Phillimore Post author

      Karen, you might be interested in what the Transparency Project are doing in examining the issues about opening up the Family courts

      I am sorry to hear about this mother’s heart ache. I hope that some day her son will be able to have a relationship with her and his siblings, as I am sure he will want to find out about them. I know that doesn’t compensate but I hope its some small comfort.

Comments are closed.