SOCIAL workers who have investigated cases where children were removed from unfit families are being ‘named and shamed’ on a website branded ‘deplorable’ by officials.
Sheffield and Derbyshire social services staff are identified on the website, which The Star has decided not to name.
Both councils are now taking legal advice about what action they can take to have the names removed.
The website, which proclaims ‘Judgement Day is Coming Social Services’, includes pictures of individual social workers and links to their profiles on social networking website Facebook.
It accuses the staff of ‘stealing’ children.
The website says: “This Government Gestapo organisation is stealing children using bullying and threatening behaviour against vulnerable parents to remove their children with unfounded accusations and lies.”
Jayne Ludlam, of Sheffield Council, said: “Social work is a challenging job which involves working with families in often difficult circumstances, where no decision is ever taken lightly.
“All decisions relating to the legal status of children or removing them must meet the court threshold and a judge makes the final decision.
“Social workers are professionals and there are proper, official channels through which they are held publicly accountable for their actions.
“Web pages like this are deplorable and do not benefit any party involved whether they are the worker, the parents or the child.”
A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: “Social workers have a tough job to do. We only take action to remove children from their parents after the courts have decided we should do so.
“Websites like this are unhelpful and we are looking into what action we can take to get details of our staff removed.”
Nobody from the website was available for comment.