Here are some excerpts from this article that refers Director Lee Collins of San Luis Obispo Child "Protection" Services:
"Manipulated reports. Destroyed or discarded case information. Vindictive action against parents. Poor investigations. Even poorer background searches into licensed caregivers. The villainously creative practice of backdating documents."
"the preexisting friendship between Edge and Collins indicates that the appointment proved somewhat of a hookup."
"critics maintain that certain systemic barriers prevent the true enforcement of any real accountability within the department."
"the threats and blatantly vindictive decision-making finally trickled out." "the department holds lordship over its own documents."
"While conducting its own internal investigation with all mechanisms fully at the department's discretion Social Services has 90 days, by law, to review a case. This gives them plenty of time to cook up stories,"
"I know how they work. I've seen them do it."
"Certain social workers continue to twist documentation right under his nose, and the supervision system at Social Services often rewards such behavior".
"a "blacklist" system that prevents concerned employees from making positive changes. "fear and intimidation prove typical forms of influence or motivation within Social Services."
"Favoritism runs throughout the department, and if you dare speak up against a wrong and it sparks a nerve in the wrong person you are marked to be gotten ridden of"
"A source inside the San Luis Obispo County Employee's Association reported an extremely disproportionate number of grievances filed against Social Services".
"Most of the workers at Social Services are completely disillusioned by Collins' actions," said one department employee.
The Article goes on to state:
Collins explained that the proper removal or demotion of several popular but grossly underperforming caseworkers prompted questioning and contempt among certain staff circles. "I wish I could send a memo to everyone, but I can't. Meanwhile, the guy who got fired got to tell his side of it, and the mythology starts to take off," Collins said. "The concept that I'm stifling dissent is laughable," he continued. Mr. Collins is a cocky wordsmith. There are many complaints against his agency by former Social Workers who are fired if they don't perform.
Following the 2003 grand jury report, Social Services installed a stewardship program to mitigate potential employee grievances. However, no such mechanism yet exists to curb the foul play reported by the subsequent grand jury. In that regard, several recent case files reviewed by New Times cast doubt on the total reversal of a few dubious CWS practices. These cases rehash many of the problems illuminated by the 17 stories reviewed by the grand jury. Every family contacted declined to share specifics. Several cited potential CWS retribution as a motive to remain off the record.
THE SOURCE OF THIS ARTICLE CAME FROM SUE MC MEANS, VETERAN OF SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY AND WHO WORKED THERE FOR 20+ YEARS
A copy of this article can be found at: http://metafocus.net/~freeed/wikka.php?wakka=SocialDisservices
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