Paula Simons: Alberta’s auditor general gives child welfare system a failing grade


 

Paula Simons: Alberta’s auditor general gives child welfare system a failing grade

 

Only 16 per cent of Alberta’s child welfare case workers are complying with provincial rules that require them to make personal contact on a regular basis with the foster children they supervise.

In Alberta, case workers are expected to make face-to-face contact with the children who are part of their caseload four times a year. That’s once every three months, the bare minimum standard.

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2 Responses to Paula Simons: Alberta’s auditor general gives child welfare system a failing grade

  1. As near enough all ‘professionals’ involved in the family court lie and fabricate evidence, and are aware the others are doing the same but say nothing, then they are guilty of condoning wrong.

  2. Regarding issues of compliance with Ministry Policy, I wrote to Justice Minister Ganely and received a response on July 18th:

    “While I cannot speak to the Ministry of Human Services investigation regarding Samantha, the resulting fatality inquiry, which was a judicially led public inquiry into her death, made a number of recommendations to prevent this from happening again.”

    Samantha Martin, 13 years of age, had not been visited by her caseworker for periods lapsing up to 14 months. Samantha died in December 2006. The Fatality Inquiry that I initiated finally resulted in recommendations in November 2012. One included requirement for social-workers to view the children assigned to them. That is already part of job description. What is key to ensuring follow-through – penalty – never made the list and that is why today, years later, we still have Auditor General Reports of failed Children.

    Watchdog mechanisms simply are ineffective without follow-through. I also wrote to the College of Social-Workers with a complaint towards the caseworker: Samantha, a medically-needy child, had not been presented to any physician for 3 years, nor seen by her caseworker in over a year although directed by other professionals to seek intervention. A little girl, 13, weighed 50 pounds and died of heart-failure. It is not as if no one noticed… School Staff and Family reported concerns repeatedly, but these were unheeded. The College of Social-Workers are of the opinion that their employee did no wrong.

    We will continue to find children like Samantha failed to death until those in positions of Authority are held accountable by groups which act as a protector against inefficiency by holding its own employees to legal standards.

    Sincerely,

    Velvet Martin,
    Founder of Samantha’s Law
    Spokesperson for Protecting Canadian Children

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