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News Items – December 19, 2011

Coalition: Sandusky and Syracuse Scandals Should Not Distract Congress from Responding to America’s Epidemic of Child Abuse and Related Deaths
King5.com
Kimberly Day, spokesperson for the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths, said:  “It is important that the media is covering the most recent high profile and horrific child sexual abuse cases, but it is also important that the public understand that what they are hearing is only part of a larger problem of child abuse and neglect in the United States.  The proposed bill will provide a national strategy for improving our child protection system by recommending practices that protect children and prevent abuse and neglect”.

Occupy Hartford Protester Was Arrested and Fired On Same Day
Hartford Courant
Hiskes, a social worker, was the only Occupy Hartford protester to be arrested in last week’s evacuation of the camp at Farmington and Broad. And when word of her arrest got to her employer, NAFI CT, they let her go. Earlier that Tuesday morning, Hartford officials put out word that the camp would be dismantled at 6 p.m., and any one left on the premises would be arrested. A line of police cars formed a barrier around the site in a show of (potential) force rarely seen in Connecticut’s capital city.

DSS finds disproportionate contact with blacks
Durham Herald Sun
“Our system is overloaded with contact with African-American families as opposed to any other family in Durham,” said Toina Coley, an in-home services social worker who serves on a committee looking to tackle the issue of disproportionate minority contact (DMC) in agencies across the county.

After abuse tip, case worker never verified child got life-saving medicine
Lexington Herald Leader
Child-welfare workers also have to juggle the dual mandates of protecting children and reuniting families, said Walker, a licensed clinical social worker. Many mistakes workers make might come from not knowing which side of that fence to come down on,

After abuse tip, case worker never verified child got life-saving medicine
Lexington Herald Leader
Child-welfare workers also have to juggle the dual mandates of protecting children and reuniting families, said Walker, a licensed clinical social worker. Many mistakes workers make might come from not knowing which side of that fence to come down on, he said.”These are conflicting goals in many cases,” he said.

Aided by referral bonuses, hospice industry booms
The Washington Post
VistaCare Hospice, a unit of Atlanta-based Gentiva, paid enrollment bonuses to doctors, admissions directors and branch managers, according to Misty Wall, a former social worker for the company and now an assistant professor at Boise State University in Idaho.

Bully Proofing Michigan Schools
Public News Service
However, Maxine Thome, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), disagrees. “Our response to that is, ‘It’s an empty bill.'”

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