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DHS Gets Approval from National Organization

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News.
September 27, 2011

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A study of the Department of Human Services conducted last February shows the practices of the agency are sound.

Casey Family Programs released its findings to the DHS Commission Tuesday saying the practice model in child protective and child welfare cases was mostly positive.

Senior Director of strategic consulting Sue Steib did raise concerns about high turnover rate and the difficulty in learning the job.

“Most people who have been in the field for a long time believe that one only reaches a basic level of proficiency in this work after two years of closely supervised practice and skill development.”

Steib says the study also raised concern about the time restraints on workers who have to spend more and more time assessing possible dangerous situations with families.

Because the study had to be released quickly, it was done without looking at individual cases.

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