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Are social workers backround checked

and if so, is it only once or several times over the course of their careers? If a social worker is found guilty of child abuse and drug abuse, what is the normal course of action for a unionized social worker?

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:06 PM on Dec. 30, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Some social workers are past drug users. Some have been convicted of a drug crime. That's why some of them are social workers. To help people get through what they've been through.

    Answer by oliviasmomma09 at 3:07 PM on Dec. 30, 2008

  • Im not sure but would hope they woulnt be allowed to keep their job.

    Answer by asholan_07 at 3:07 PM on Dec. 30, 2008

  • If a social worker is a past child abuser and current drug abuser, should they be allowed to work in that field?

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:08 PM on Dec. 30, 2008

  • yea i think they should be allowed, if they have cleaned themselves up....whats wrong with getting your life together and trying to help others do the same?

    Answer by JuLiAnSmOmMy317 at 3:30 PM on Dec. 30, 2008

  • Social workers in California at least ARE subject to fingerprinting and background checks. You won't find a past child abuser in the field.

    Answer by gdiamante at 3:47 PM on Dec. 30, 2008

  • Each state has their own rules on what the requirements are to be a licensed social worker.

    Answer by Magpie75 at 4:55 PM on Dec. 30, 2008

  • i think that they should be almost any where that you work these days does drug testing and back round checks. even truck drivers get back round checked. plus if you were a former child abuser what are they doing being a social worker isn't that calling the kettle black.

    Answer by mrssundin at 5:08 PM on Dec. 30, 2008

  • To answer your question in order to be employed as a social worker or work for a state agency (any state) you must have a thorough background check. No, you cannot work in social services if you are found guilty of abuse or convicted of any felony. Sometimes, and only on very rare occasions, if there is something like a DUI involved or something that is no longer an issue, it can get cleared. But it is very rare. Such as if you were able to explain that as a child you were sexually abused, turned to alcohol and drugs to escape, and now you are sober, have gotten help, and remain in AA. Also many social workers are licensed by their state licensing board and complaints/concerns can be directed there. You can look up your state board and look up any licensed professional to see if they have any disciplinary actions.


    Answer by frogdawg at 7:32 PM on Dec. 30, 2008

  • workers are not unionized. But okay. I don't quite understand the question as far as that goes. It simply is a matter of being licensed and having a degree in social work. Some people call themselves social workers but their degree is NOT in social work. And if as a social worker you become convicted of a crime (depending on the crime) then you could loose your license and loose your job/profession.

    Answer by frogdawg at 7:44 PM on Dec. 30, 2008

  • the way - I am a soical worker.

    Answer by frogdawg at 7:45 PM on Dec. 30, 2008

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