Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Child Protective Services Don't Protect
Researchers examined the records of 595 children nationwide, all at similar high risk for maltreatment, tracking them from ages 4 to 8. During those years, Child Protective Services investigated the families of 164 of these children for suspected abuse or neglect. The scientists then interviewed all the families four years later, comparing the investigated families with the 431 families that had not been investigated.One factor they don't consider is that the social work, human services, psychology and other "helping" professions are highly biased and peopled by the marginally competent. Their bias is heavily in favor of women. When my ex-wife bruised my son about 12 years ago, the social worker seeing him in counseling and supposedly helping him immediately went to the aid of my ex-wife who was supposedly so grief stricken over having so roughly disciplining my son that she bruised his arms and back.
The scientists looked at several factors: social support, family functioning, poverty, caregiver education and depressive symptoms, and child anxiety, depression and aggressive behavior — all known to increase the risk for abuse or neglect. But they were unable to find any differences in the investigated families compared with the uninvestigated in any of these dimensions, except that maternal depressive symptoms were worse in households that had been visited.
In an editorial published with the study, starkly titled “Child Protective Services Has Outlived Its Usefulness,” Dr. Abraham B. Bergman suggests some essential changes: child abuse, because it is a crime, should be investigated by the police; public health nursing services should be the first to respond to concerns of child neglect; social workers should assess appropriate living situations and work with families to obtain services, and not be engaged in law enforcement. But Dr. Bergman, who is a pediatrician at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, expressed considerable skepticism that such changes would happen.
Dr. Campbell, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah, is more optimistic. “I don’t believe that C.P.S. has outlived its usefulness,” she said. “The problem is that someone needs to continue working with these families — those risk factors don’t go away, and I’m not sure we should expect C.P.S. to deal with them. C.P.S. deals with acute issues. We don’t know how to deal with what remains.”
The social worker never reported the suspected abuse as required by law. When I reported her ethics violation, I found this social worker was a social work trainer. (I can't remember the agency to which I reported her, either the state licensing board or the state branch of the National Association of Social Workers.)
In general social workers and human services personal are of average intellect with little curiosity and prefer being spoon fed propaganda that suits their bias. When I reported my son's abuse, I found at brochure on the table at the child protective services office (in Kentucky) declaring all domestic abuse was committed by men. They had done a survey that showed this. Of course, they only surveyed women.
Look at the statement of the National Association of Social Workers on "Diversity and Equity."
NASW is committed to social justice for all. Discrimination and prejudice directed against any group are damaging to the social, emotional, and economic well-being of the affected group and of society as a whole. NASW has a strong affirmative action program that applies to national and chapter leadership and staff. It supports three national committees on equity issues: the National Committee on Women's Issues, National Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity and the National Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues. The information below reflects some of NASW's material and work on diversity and equity issues.National committees on women's issues, racial and ethnic diversity, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues. Wow!! If you're a heterosexual, white male you're SOL. Who cares about those angry white men any way? Not the social work professions, that's for sure.
To sum it up, the helping professions don't help because they're not concerned with helping but with pushing their biases and agenda. Normal people need not apply.
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