Thursday, January 19, 2006

Shakeup and Head Rolling in CPS review of Nixzmary Brown's Fatal Abuse

Shake ups are so exciting. The media revels in it! The anticipation of who reigns supreme and who gets to claim ownership of the most recent head rolling is breath baiting:

"Supervisors Are Suspended After Girl's Death - New York Times
Published: January 19, 2006

Six New York City child welfare workers were suspended or reassigned yesterday for their roles in the failed investigations leading up to the death of a 7-year-old girl in Brooklyn. The commissioner of children's services also announced a reorganization of his top aides aimed at improving the oversight of hundreds of frontline abuse investigators..."

Fine, but has any one thought the intelligent move would be to hire MORE caseworkers/social workers/supervisors to make the work load do-able? This is a big town and it is not an easy job!

Unfortunately there seem to be more and more alleged abuses to investigate. Overworked, underpaid, workers are always scape-goated. I'm not able to verify the competence of the social workers or their supervisors. However, it stands to reason that if the foot soldiers are overworked then the supervisors must be also. You can't make a pot of soup to feed 100 people with only 1 cup of liquid...

Streamline the CPS bureaucracy, and increase and support the social workers!

Just my 2 cents worth.

~JRY


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posted by An Educational Voyage @ 1/19/2006 09:00:00 PM  
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At 1/23/2006 3:16 PM, Blogger moosea said...

Of course you are right. Authorities either lament something (as if they had nothing to do with it) or they fire or reorganize at a level that has nothing to do with the problem. If they discovered a hole in their pocket, they would buy a new suit because they don't know yet about sewing.

 
At 1/29/2006 12:24 AM, Blogger An Educational Voyage said...

Yep. History repeats itself!

 
At 1/31/2006 12:33 AM, Blogger Andrew Livanis said...

I have a bit of a similar perspective and expand on your point to suppor the workers, as looked at from a researcher's point of view.

http://schoolpsychology.blogspot.com/2006/01/nixzmary-brown-problems-of-burnout-and.html

 
At 1/31/2006 1:37 AM, Blogger An Educational Voyage said...

Andrew, I agree with your points. However the link you posted above did not work for me. Try: http://schoolpsychology.blogspot.com/2006/01/nixzmary-brown-problems-of-burnout-and.html.

Thanks for commenting! I look forward to seeng more of your work in the future.

~JRY

 
At 1/31/2006 1:59 AM, Blogger An Educational Voyage said...

About my previous comment- Check out the blog referenced above: School Psychology. It is a very interesting blog by Andrew Livanis as a resource for the LIU school psychology students. Check it out!

By the way, I had some wonderful student teachers from LIU over the years. Thanks!

~JRY

 

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