|You should ask for a copy of his notes|
The fact was that she phoned at two P.M. and it took ten rings to answer the phone. The rest was all conjecture and perception and opinion.
Let us suppose that Mrs. Jones worked a late shift at the pancake house the night before and got up early to get the kids to school. She took a nap in the afternoon to catch up before the kids came home from school. When the phone rang she was fast asleep and feeling drowsy when she answered. The social worker can conjecture all she likes, but she has no business putting it on the public record, where it might become evidence in court.
Other parts of the social worker generated record may be presentation reports, risk assessments, or other reports solicited from various professionals. However, it is important to know that any document that finds its way onto the file is part of the official record, regardless of its origin. This means that the social worker does not have sole control of the record, but you too can use that right.
Suppose that the worker phones you and you do not agree that she has represented your position fairly and she is going to put it on the record. You can immediately write to her and so state. For instance you can say --- “when you phoned me on Tuesday May 22nd at 2 P.M. you stated blah blah blah. I do not agree with you at all on this and I want this to be clear on the record. I did not say I did not want respite care. I said I wanted it desperately two weeks ago, but you refused. I am now well and I do not need it -----.”
|Can Stock Photo (Word cloud) 'Social Work'|
One more point. Should you ever request your file under freedom of information, you should make sure your letters are on the record. There will be many deleted pages, because, once more directors hate to share control and information gives you power.
Ray Ferris retired from a a career with the Ministry of Children and Family Development has been openly critical of Ministry practices and case management for some time. Occasionally I print some of his informed pieces. Ray is the author of 'The Art of Child Protection'. You can purchase it from him by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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