KEY FEATURES: • Realistic cases with engaging fictional stories prepare students for the types of issues and situations they will confront in their social work careers. • A foundational section midway through each case provides critical background information needed to better understand relevant social issues so students are prepared to consider the dilemmas from an informed position. • Discussion questions challenge students to think critically about vital issues, weigh the advantages and disadvantages of competing solutions, explore policy alternatives, and grapple with realities such as the unintended consequences of any decision. • A critical analysis writing assignment accompanying each case requires students to demonstrate an understanding of the issue, take a stand on it, and back up their position with evidence from the case.
Chapter 6: Perplexing Challenges in Child Protective Services: Life on the Front Line
Perplexing Challenges in Child Protective Services: Life on the Front Line
[Page 123]Sean looked at his schedule and sighed. His plan for the day had been to go through the usual e-mails and voice messages and then catch up on case notes, filing, and the three court reports due later this week. Yet, as too often happens, he had to abandon his plan to deal with a disrupted placement. Ely, 7, and Ethan, 5, had been living with their uncle until he called this morning saying he could no longer have the boys stay with him and requested that they be picked up and moved immediately.