posted by admin on Mar 6
As one who has worked within that system (however briefly), my subsequent professional experience has taught me that the most prudent way to discredit the “findings” and testimony of protective caseworkers is by taking a trip up the bureaucratic ladder in search of witnesses.
These agencies are mindful of the humble qualifications of their numerous “caseworkers” and “counselors”, and thus they have attempted to insulate these personnel from vigorous scrutiny through the employment of a network of “supervisors” who are often persons of substantial experience and training. But above this layer of “supervisors” is a mountain of regulations, protocols, training directives, rules and statutes that leads directly to the federal pursestrings.
Frankly, it is humanly impossible for a caseworker to comply with the Law of the Bureaucracy. It is the role of each worker’s supervisor to make it seem as if they have. The dutiful attorney who makes the proper inquiry will find a basket of agency witnesses who have no other alternative than to demonstrate that the worker “did not follow procedure”.
The following questions will guide your inquiry: What is the name of each individual that the caseworker has spoken to regarding the case? What are the dates of each discussion with others? What is the title of each other individual spoken to? Who is the caseworker’s regular supervisor? Did any other supervisor have any knowledge regarding the case? What notes, recordings or other records existregarding any discussions with others? Who is the supervisor directly in charge of the caseworker? To whom does this supervisor report? Has the supervisor had any direct contact with the child, parents or any relatives? When, where, any notes or recordings? Who is in charge of the agency? To whom does she report? What written guidelines and protocols exist for the investigation of allegations of child sexual abuse? Who is responsible to insure that these standards are adhered to? To whom does the agency director report within the county? Where are the written county guidelines, regulations and protocols regarding investigations and evaluations? Who is responsible for overseeing county agency activities within the state? Where are the written regulations and guidelines for investigations located (check the statutes)? Who, on the state level, is responsible to insure compliance with federal regulations?
As you can see, we have moved from the caseworker up the Bureaucratic Ladder in order to get the Law of the Bureaucracy working for you. As you begin these initial inquiry activities, you will identify the potential witnesses while putting the caseworker, the supervisor, and agency on notice: This case will not be business as usual.
[FromВ False Allegations Of Child Sexual Abuse by Edward Nichols, MSW, LCSW -- Available for immediate download.]