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Report critical of Richmond Social Services

Friday - 8/23/2013, 9:50am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A nonprofit group's report suggests that the Richmond Department of Social Services conduct a review to determine whether supervisors are qualified to meet their job responsibilities.

The report released Thursday by the Washington, D.C.-based Child Welfare League of America also found that seriously ill children were left at home in dangerous conditions,

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Child Welfare League investigators found high caseloads among social workers, and staff had low morale, high stress levels and illness and significant worker absences.

In addition, social workers and city attorneys were overruled without sufficient explanation that alternate decisions were in the best interests of a child's safety.

Mayor Dwight C. Jones says the concerns are being addressed.

In May, the city's social services director retired and a reassigned deputy director resigned.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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