heads into the future.
One of the many changes I hope to see made is that less focus is put on
reuniting the family at all cost and more is put on the child’s best interest.
Sometimes parents really don’t know better and they just need a little help and
to be educated. Other times parents are allowed to neglect their child time and
time again because of a flaw in the system. This is another one of the reasons
why it is important to not be short staffed on Child Protection Services
orders. There needs to be enough workers to do the initial visits faster and unannounced.
They need to be able to thoroughly interview and not cut corners. They need to
have a manageable caseload so that they can give proper legwork and thought
process to each case. To have a successful future for Child Protective Services
there needs to be more worker and less turnover of staff.
I have learned how hard it is to be a social worker. I
think it’s important to know the work you’re going into. This may mean researching
videos and articles about the hardships of working in Child Protective services
or about the situations that you find yourself in. Child Protective Services
isn’t an easy job. The hours can be long, and the caseloads are overwhelming. You
must believe in what you do and want to help people. It can be hard to be both
empathetic and objective. I think knowing what you are getting into helps you
to steel yourself for the future. Focusing on a goal and letting your cause be
your motivation to push forward. Knowing when you are getting burnt out and
taking care of yourself is an important factor to help not lose steam. It will
also help the field not to lose more social workers if social workers all learned
how to regulate themselves when they felt they were getting burnt out. It is essential
that retain our trained and skilled workers. Having enough Child Protection
Services workers and retaining them are essential to the wellbeing of the
children in our country.