Wednesday, August 2, 2017

"So they don't make them unilaterally anymore. They work together with their case supervisor to make sure. Because obviously that decision is best made by more than one person."

Anywhere else workers are incompetent they are fired.
In the GOA they are circulated around and given a supervisor to help them with their incompetence.

Not my idea of change.
I'd expect penalties such as demotion, termination and charges for incompetence that leads to harm and deaths of kids but these are GOA workers.
They are privileged.
Only at the GOA are there no consequences for incompetence; workers who fail at their jobs are still allowed to continue at their jobs with the additional help and support of a supervisor. This sort of "change" without penalties for failed work does not give me any confidence in the system. Unilateral decision making may not be present but the presence of a team with a supervisor does not assure quality decision making. In addition why are workers exempt from consequences for poor job performance? Why no demotions and no terminations for the death of a kid? Why? I guess because if you work for the GOA you are privileged and not subject to any sort of consequences. If you were subject to consequences this might mean that the GOA itself was in error and who knows what this might mean in terms of liability and lawsuits?

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So now incompetence in decision making has been spread around. Workers don't make decisions unilaterally but consult with supervisors to make incompetent decisions. We feel that the kids in the foster care system aren't being helped by an expanded group of decision makers just as we don't feel that a province wide audit team from AHS is able to remedy the problems of zone auditing teams.
But there you go. We are told things have changed.
The typical spin of the GOA.
The Children's Ministry is not an improvement of the poor oversight in the child welfare system and there is no accountability if penalties are not present for poor performance such as termination of employees who fail big time at their jobs.

Some caseworkers criticized by a judge who reviewed the death of foster child Kawliga Potts still work for the Alberta government, Children's Services Minister…
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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/some-staff-fatality-inquiry-still-work-for-government-1.4232774

Some caseworkers criticized by fatality inquiry judge still work for government

Judge criticized Kawliga Potts' caseworkers for a "fundamental failure" to do their jobs

CBC News Posted: Aug 02, 2017 3:43 PM MT Last Updated: Aug 02, 2017 6:31 PM MT

Children's Services Minister Danielle Larivee says the government has changed how it chooses, assesses and supervises foster parents since the Kawliga Potts case.

Children's Services Minister Danielle Larivee says the government has changed how it chooses, assesses and supervises foster parents since the Kawliga Potts case. (CBC)

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Some caseworkers sharply criticized by a judge who reviewed the death of foster child Kawliga Potts still work for the Alberta government, Children's Services Minister Danielle Larivee acknowledged Tuesday.

"The individual status of them varies," she said. "But what I can say is that we do have processes in place to do ongoing evaluation of staff, and certainly we have made sure that staff have support within the department to make the very best decisions possible."

Kawliga, a three-year-old Indigenous boy, died in January 2007 from abuse suffered at the hands of his foster mother.

Lily Choy was convicted of manslaughter in 2011. The toddler died at the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton of a massive head injury.

In a scathing report released last week, fatality inquiry Judge Fern LeReverend said the five unnamed caseworkers involved with Kawliga, Choy and three siblings who were also in the foster home showed a "fundamental failure" to do their jobs.

For example, a request by the boy's grandfather to care for him was never followed up by the caseworker.

The caseworkers involved with Kawliga noticed the bruises on his body but failed to do anything, the judge said.

Though the three-year-old had high needs, he was placed with Choy, who was inexperienced and only licensed to care for low-needs children over the age of five.

Larivee said all caseworkers now must consult with supervisors on larger decisions about a child's care.

"Workers don't make major decisions about a child on their own," she said.

"So they don't make them unilaterally anymore. They work together with their case supervisor to make sure. Because obviously that decision is best made by more than one person."

Caseworkers also have regular meetings with their supervisors and managers. Every government employee fills out a performance agreement each year.

The government has also changed how it chooses, assesses and supervises foster parents since the Choy case.


New foster parents are supervised for the first three months and assessed at the six-month mark.


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