We don't know what the social worker observed or what she recorded.
We don't know whether the social worker is an inexperienced recent program graduate.
We don't know whether the social worker's assessment was influenced by a perceived insult.
But removal is an extreme response.This cries out for a drastic change to child protection power.
This speaks to an absence of people skills and common sense.
This begs for an investment of Mother Teresa compassion into B.C.'s child protection.
Haunting cognitions concern me.
- When a parent loses custody of a child, has it happened because social workers did not love the parent enough to give him/her what was needed?
- Our society desires and expects that social workers shall succeed in keeping children safe but not at the expense of ruined families.
- It is not too much to ask that social workers practice love toward parents with questionable parenting skills by nurturing them to effectiveness.
- It is counter productive for social workers to treat parents as clients, cases, files and numbers, when a hand on the shoulder and a kind word, and a facilitative recommendation can break down barriers and build trust.
- Social workers must have the capacity to forgive people who are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered and still work with them.
- Social workers must be honest and frank while being sympathetic and understanding.
- Social workers must guard against constantly judging people because then there is no time to love them.
- A social worker can be most effective by speaking kind words which are short and easy to speak, yet their sound echoes long after they are spoken.