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Caseworker Responsibility For Child Deaths:



Participants were asked how responsible they
believe a caseworker is for the death if the child is kept in the home and
tragically dies as a result of continued abuse or neglect.


·      
The
caseworker is responsible only if he (or she) had not done a thorough job of
investigating the home.


·      
How long
the caseworker had been involved with the family and what other circumstances
were involved that, perhaps, the caseworker had no control over should be
considered.


·      
There is
no way to foretell an event like this. Caseworkers can’t read minds; they would
need to be psychic.


·      
The
system is more to blame than the individual caseworkers.


·      
Caseloads
are too high and caseworkers are not paid enough, (although they did not know
how much caseworkers are paid or how high caseloads are.)


·      
Poor
agency management and high staff turnover can also lead to negative consequences
for families.





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