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Covid: Police with tasers accompany social worker on visit


A social worker says police with tasers escorted him to see a family during lockdown because "the risk is so high".


Joel Price, of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), said he had "seen levels of abuse I have never seen before"
during the Covid pandemic.


He is worried there is not enough help for families struggling in isolation and children at risk of abuse.


The Welsh Government said it was working with councils to tackle any future impact from the pandemic.


Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services Julie Morgan acknowledged these are "unprecedented times" and said there
was a "great deal of strain on services".


Mr Price looks after 48 vulnerable children and said he believed lockdown was "crippling people".


"We have a pandemic of deprivation, of poverty, of abuse, of parents drinking too much, of parents struggling to cope with
isolation and home-schooling," he told Gareth Lewis on BBC Radio Wales.


Mr Price is part of a south Wales children's services team that he said is at "breaking point".


"I have seen levels of abuse I have never seen before. In the last two months I have had two police escorts,
I have had police with tasers because the risk is so high," Mr Price said.


"I genuinely believe this pandemic is crippling people.


"We are facing a crisis every second of the day - we are getting more reports than ever, but we are even more worried that
there are many more that are simply not being reported."



Mr Price said the pandemic had made a bad situation worse, adding: "You cannot measure bad. You cannot attach a word
to describe what it is like for the forgotten families.


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