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Large crowd for social services meeting

Report highlights issue of over-referrals

A talk on child social services in the capital last night drew an audience of more than 70 residents.

The Positive Action Group organised the debate ahead of a raft of recommendations going before Tynwald next month.

A 150-page report by the Social Affairs Policy Review Committee concludes that too many children are unnecessarily referred to social workers; and that staff should be better trained in keeping families together.

Visiting speaker and law lecturer Allan Norman explained why over-referrals are a common problem:

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