Amy’s Life in Brief

And it just keeps coming….
July 4, 2008, 4:21 am
Filed under: MSW, police, social work | Tags: , ,

I just got a call from the child abuse specialist (an MD) wanting some more information on the case.  I gave it to her.  She is also very frustrated with the agency the reports for this kind of thing go to.  Apparently they determined they didn’t need to investigate and then turned it over to the police at 5:15 the evening before a big holiday.  What is up with that??  I reassured her that the only concern was the type of injury involved, everything else was appropriate and of no concert. I provided her with the name of the admitting MD and hopefully more information will be gathered to let the police know to call of the dogs.

I mentioned to her that this whole situation was giving me second thoughts about having reported this case to that particular agency at all.  I said I had told the family that all of these types of injuries are reported because while there are some “legitimate” injuries, it allows for the actual cases of abuse to more likely be caught.  This in theory of course.  This agency’s inconsistent response causes people to think twice before reporting what they should.  So, how many cases of actual abuse do not get reported because they’re assumed to be “good people” and professionals don’t want to traumatize them unnecessarily? I don’t know but there are probably more cases that end up like that than the agency in question would like to admit.

So, now I have to figure out if I can get paid for the 90 minutes or so that I have had to spend working on the case tonight.  I also won’t be actually working again until Friday the 11th, so I need to figure out how to get this documented so if some one else in the office has to deal with it, they can figure out what is going on.


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dang, woman 🙂 bluejeansocialworker is the only one of us deserving of being on your blogroll??? not trying to yank your chain and bluejean is awesome! but there are at least 10 of us out here plugging along and worth a listing 🙂

Comment by prin

Don’t take offense…it’s all laziness on my part….I promise that I will sit down and get all of you added on to my blogroll!

Comment by Amy

There…I’ve got a few of you on my blog roll! I’ll add more as I find them!

Comment by oregonamy1972

No good deed goes unpunished, right? I’ve heard a number of folks in the medical area and in schools tell similar stories about mandatory reporting. And I too have attempted to contact protective services around holidays and gotten the idea that if a child gets abused during off-hours, it’s tough luck. The wide variance in responses seems to come from the subjectivity of each individual worker’s reaction. Some are much more aggressive than others, and it can create a feeling of inconsistency that’s really troubling.

By the way, thanks, Prin for calling me awesome.

Comment by bluejeansocialwork

The frustrating thing about this situation was that they had the report for almost 48 hours before they finally decided that something needed to be done. Given the nature of the injury I had assumed that they would have come to the hospital the same day had they had any concerns…and was told as much when I made the report. I just feel bad for the family…thinking that nothing was going to come of the report and then having the police department show up at their door.

Comment by oregonamy1972

Ugh. In family preservation we’re mandated to visit in person within 24 hours. I wish the protective services in your area had the same standard. It feels rotten to convey something in good faith to a family and then have an agency not follow through as expected.

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