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.
caseworker is responsible only if he (or she) had not done a thorough job of
investigating the home.
the caseworker had been involved with the family and what other circumstances
were involved that, perhaps, the caseworker had no control over should be
no way to foretell an event like this. Caseworkers can’t read minds; they would
need to be psychic.
system is more to blame than the individual caseworkers.
are too high and caseworkers are not paid enough, (although they did not know
how much caseworkers are paid or how high caseloads are.)
agency management and high staff turnover can also lead to negative consequences