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Sequence Scenario two

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Sequence Scenario Two I’m a social worker in the city of El Paso, Texas. Two days ago three families with no blood n\or martial ties have reported that their children are being abused by a local daycare facility. The day care has all its credentials and has never received any complaints or citations against them. The families of the four children have submitted evidence of abuse and have reported instances of neglect based on their children’s testimony to the local police department. The evidence complied so far consists of: bruises on shoulders and buttocks, pinched forearms and ears, skipped lunches and children left unsupervised for twenty to forty minutes on multiple occasions. Here are some question, considerations, concerns, and solutions I have come to. I’m a social worker in the city of El Paso, Texas. Two days ago three families with no blood n\or martial ties have reported that their children are being abused by a local daycare facility. The day care has all its credentials and has never received any complaints or citations against them. The families of the four children have submitted evidence of abuse and have reported instances of neglect based on their children’s testimony to the local police department. The evidence complied so far consists of: bruises on shoulders and buttocks, pinched forearms and ears, skipped lunches and children left unsupervised for twenty to forty minutes on multiple occasions. Here are some question, considerations, concerns, and solutions I have come to. Questions to ask the parent
I. When did you first notice the bruises?
II. When did your child first report the neglect?
III. How did you hear about this day care?
IV. How long have you been with this day care?
V. Had noticed any unusual behavior when you drop your child off? (I.E, reluctant to leave, overwhelming sadness)
VI. Have you noticed any changes in your Childs Personality since attending this child care facility?
VII. Have you noticed any strange behavior from the facilities employees?
VIII. Does your child have a tendency to lie?
IX. Can the bruise is related to any recreational activities?
Questions to ask the Child care facility:
I. How many kids do you have enrolled? How many kids to a care divider?
II. Are the children always under some ones supervision?
III. What do you do to prevent abuse?
IV. Do accidents where children get hurt often occur?
V. Have you ever harmed a child?
VI. Have you ever refused a child lunch?
VII. Have parents ever come to with concern?
VIII. Have you ever witness another coworker abuse or neglect a child?
IX. Would you consider your day care facility safe for children?
X. Do you believe you and your coworkers are qualified to take care of children? Reasoning/ justification:
I. If I cover all elements of the crime necessary for the report I develop a further understanding of the circumstance. If I have a strong understanding of the case at hand I can go into more depth my questioning when I go to interview the children, guardians of the children, and day care facility.
II. I must accredit the children testimonies on where and how the abuse the abuse occurred; this is because if the abuse really occurred and I did not accredit their statement then in future occurrences the child will be more reluctant to speak.
III. I must inquire about the history of the abusive situation, including dates to set a timeline for when the abuse occurred because there are three cases and if the time line aligns or is very similar this may be circumstantial proof that abuse occurred in the day care facility.
IV. I must be observant of the atmosphere, mood, and demeanor of all participants in the complaint; this is because if the
Participants in question seem unusually unwilling or aloof while answering my questioning and investigation of the premises there might be reasoning for further investigation. In contrast, if the participants seem very corporative, and open during my questioning and investigation of the facility there might not create any suspicion.
V. I must remain unbiased and uncompromised during my report. If I become biased and or compromised I will remain narrow minded and not see certain elements of the report had I remained open minded.
VI. I must use appropriate investigation techniques, this is because if I don’t liability can fall on me, in addition if I don’t use proper techniques information that I do inquire might not be accredited. Furthermore, I might not get as much information if I don’t use proper techniques.
VII. I must make sure the family and dare care facility have my contact information because they might have more information that they are more willing to give in a different environment, or more information that they had forgot to include or recently unveiled.
VII. I must keep in mind parents in this investigation are emotionally compromised and need to be careful when wording my investigation; this is because if I mention a certain subject and phrase it in a way that sounds as though I might doubt their child or children’s testimony then they will become angry and shut me out. Main idea: Anticipated events
I. Discrepancies between reports against the day care
II. Emotionally compromised parties (I.E, upset parents or daycare employees)
III. Bruises that had once been on the child have now faded or gone
IV. Uncooperative children
V. Falsified and or exaggerated information from both parties. Reasoning
I. Stories often change overtime, it’s like the game of telephone it never stay the same. Each time a person tells the story they leave out a certain part or include a certain part they forgot to include in past testimonies. It’s a natural occurrence unfortunately it never looks good on paper.
II. Both parties are going to be somewhat emotionally compromised, the parents because their child is involved, the child because they are the focal point, and the day care because their business is under investigation.
III. Overtime bruises and lacerations heal its evitable the human body heals over time.
IV. Children may be shy and unwilling to speak to a stranger if they are out of their comfort zone.
V. To make their case more convincing people may falsified and or exaggerated information, even if their case is already solidified. Main idea: Solution
Topic: Taking everything stated above this is my solution to approaching the situation.
In order to get the most reliable information while during my investigation I am going to review all of the evidence given to the police department to determine if there is a case for the state, after which I’m going to continue to review any information of the crime report to develop a further understanding before I begin to question the parents, children, and day care facility. After which I’m going to begin with my investigation keeping an open and unbiased mind while interviewing the parents, children, and day care facility. After I have completed all the interviews and have made notation I will compare the information and determine the similarities and discrepancy between stories. Emotional:
After two days of investigation into the claims of abuse and neglect at a daycare facility in El Paso, Texas. I start to build profiles on the families and the daycare facility workers. My next step is to visit each of the families that have filed complaints about abuse and neglect and interview the children. A registered nurse will accompany me in order to examine, if necessary, the children’s physical conditions. Here are some questions, considerations, concerns, and solutions I have come to. Main idea: Question to ask the alleged abused child and children going to that day care.
I. Do you play any sports? (Question to break the ice)
II. What’s your favorite activity to do at the day care when you have recess?
III. Did you get that bruise from that activity? Point to bruise (If child has one visible)
IV. Are the people at the day care nice to you?
V. Is the day care fun? Do you have friends?
VI. Who takes care of you and your friend when you go to day care? Are they always watching you?
VII. When do your parents pick you up from day care?
VIII. Do you like being picked up? If so why? Main idea: Considerations things to consider about this problem:
I. I must understand that children unable to protect themselves because of their level of physical and mental development; frequently they do not like to talk about the abuse. They may delay disclosure or tell only part of the story.
II. I must comprehend children often receive bruises and or lacerations related recreational activities, and not abuse.
III. I must be aware of that a child’s testimony is less creditable in the eyes of the law.
IV. Children are easily manipulated and will do anything for the approval of adults.
V. Children may not disclose as much or falsify information if there parent is present. Reasoning:
I. I must understand that children unable to protect themselves because of their level of physical and mental development; frequently they do not like to talk about the abuse. They may delay disclosure or tell only part of the story. They might fear retaliation for the staff at the day care, and due to mental development they do not fully understand that I am here to help.
II. Comprehend children often receive bruises and or lacerations related recreational activities, and not abuse. If I assume that ever knick and scratch on the child is caused by abuse and neglect by the day care I might have a much bigger case than need be.
III. I must be aware of that a child’s testimony is less creditable in the eyes of the law; this is because interviews with children require special handling; legal issues governing child testimony are complicated and ever changing, and children—whether victims or witnesses—are often viewed as less credible or competent than the accused.
IV. I must bear in mind that when I approach a child I cannot be direct in asking them about his or hers experience with physical abuse and neglect at the child care facility. Children when directly approach will often falsify their stories if they believe that is what I want to hear..
V. Children may not disclose as much or falsify information if there parent is present; this is because the child might be too embarrassed to disclose information to the parent or the child might be coached by the parent to say certain falsified statements. Reasoning:
I. Parents might be over protective of their child and not want them to go through an investigation without them for fear that it might be traumatizing to their child.
II. Children may be shy and unwilling to speak to a stranger if they are out of their comfort zone.
III. Every child different and might articulate differently than one or the other. Additionally their abuse may or may not be the same.
IV. Children in order to please adults often tell lies if they believe that is what said adult wants to hear. They do this in order to get some praise for their supposed positive behavior in cooperating. Main idea: Solution
Topic: Taking in everything stated above this is my solution to approaching the situation.
I will approach the child without directly asking them about his or hers experience with physical abuse and neglect at the child care facility. To avoid any falsified information they might tell me to please me. Instead I will obtain factual information by being coy when addressing the issue; this means I will approach the child with a friendly position, and ask indirect question that will correspond with the investigation eventually. For example, I will ask a child what his or hers favorite outdoor activity is at the day care. After they respond I will point to a visible bruise on their body and ask them if they received that from their favorite activity. If they say no then I’ll inquire where they got it from, if they say yes I’ll ask them how else they have received a bruise. If some problems occur such as an unwilling parent or child I will explain to them how important it is for me to speak to them in terms that they will understand and cannot refute. After all interviews are done I will compare the incidents reported by each family and decide my course of action. Circumstantial:
During the course of my investigation of the claims of abuse and neglect at a daycare facility in El Paso, Texas, two more families have come forward with claims of abuse and neglect. These two families claim that their children, ages three, four and five, respectively, have also been abused and neglected at the daycare facility in the two months that they have been there. The two families are related biologically and through marriage. These two families have a history of problems with local authorities as well as drug allegations, which include possession and intent to distribute. Here are some considerations, concerns, and solutions I come to. Main idea: Consideration
I. I must not let my prejudice delude the case
II. I must remain unbiased an treat and professional when approaching my interviewing process
III. I must remain cautious
IV. I must bear in mind the other investigation and see if their complaints correspond
V. I must make sure that the martial ties do not correspond with the complaints, and that each is isolated issues. Reasoning:
I. Because of their run ins with the law it’s very easy for me to disqualify their testimonies due to the evident lack of character and integrity. However due to the fact children are involved I must take their claims seriously in case they aren’t lying.
II. I must bear in mind that just because these people are clearly bad doesn’t mean that their case is entirely untrue; because of this it is crucial that treat the with the same level of respect while interviewing so I can get as much information as possible.
III. I must remain cautious because of their questionable history; they might be lying for some self-serving reason.
IV. I must bear in mind the other investigation to see if they correspond with each other if they do I have a very good reason to believe that the day care does in fact abuse and neglect the children they take care of.
V. I must sure that the martial ties do not correspond with the complaints, and that each is isolated issues. Due to the fact it might just be a shame contemplated by the families to get some money out of the day care. Anticipated events:
I. I have prejudice against the families even though I try not.
II. One child has received abuse and the others families’ child is claiming abuse because of the pseudo effect
III. Bruises actually occurred somewhere other than day care. Reasoning:
I. I may remain prejudice and or overly cautious of the families even though I try not to be due to the fact that it’s hard to shut of certain judgments of people when they have not proved to you they are worthy of your respect and trust.
II. One child has received abuse and the others families’ are just claiming abuse because of the pseudo effect. Like a lot of cases in the late eighties and early nineties falsely claiming their child was sexually abused, they saw it in the news, heard a lot about it from their friends, and before long saw signs that were not actually there in their children.
III. Bruises actually occurred somewhere other than day care, because the families antics are questionable it is questionable that bruises occurred in the day care and not the home. Main idea: Solution
Topic: Taking everything stated above this is my solution to approaching the situation.
I will continue my investigation as I had before, but this time with a little bit more caution. Goodbye! Goodbye!
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