DSS caseloads larger than Recommended in 12 Counties - WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC

DSS caseloads larger than Recommended in 12 Counties

Posted: Updated:
Caseworkers at the South Carolina Department of Social Services are handling caseloads above what’s recommended by a national child welfare group, according to DSS’s own numbers. 7 On Your Side obtained the numbers for how many cases all caseworkers were handling on May 19.

The Child Welfare League of America recommends that caseworkers handle no more than 12 cases that involve investigations, 17 cases of family preservation, or 12 to 15 foster care cases. But two caseworkers in Lexington County were handling 48 cases each. Others across the state were handling more than the maximum recommended 17.

In fact, 12 of the 46 counties averaged more than 17 cases per worker, and that’s including some supervisors and trainees who handled a small number of cases.

Lexington County had the highest caseload, averaging 23 cases per worker. Spartanburg and Newberry counties averaged 22 cases; Charleston 21; Cherokee and Colleton 20; Florence, Laurens, and Sumter had 19; York averaged 18; and Greenville, Oconee, and Hampton had 17.

DSS regional director Malik Whitaker says, “It's a matter of figuring out is it a need for more people, more resources, better work processes? We're in the process of identifying and doing some problem-solving. What's the root cause? When we had more staff, did we respond in a better way? Were there less abuse and neglect? Or is it about more people or is it the way we do our work? Is it about the quality of decision-making? We're all trying to understand better what's going on."

He says DSS will be hiring more caseworkers, but finding people who are qualified can be difficult. The job requires a college degree but the pay is low and the stress is high.

 
  • One taken to hospital after shooting in North Charleston

    One taken to hospital after shooting in North Charleston

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:05 AM EDT2014-09-16 13:05:18 GMT
    One person is in the hospital, following an early morning shooting in North Charleston. Charleston County Dispatch confirms to News 2 that a call to them, came in at 2:20 am on Tuesday. North Charleston emergency units responded to the area of Chestnut Street near Hottinger Avenue. One person was transported to a local hospital. Check back for updates on this developing story,as more details become available to News 2 throughout the day.
    One person is in the hospital, following an early morning shooting in North Charleston. Charleston County Dispatch confirms to News 2 that a call to them, came in at 2:20 am on Tuesday. North Charleston emergency units responded to the area of Chestnut Street near Hottinger Avenue. One person was transported to a local hospital. Check back for updates on this developing story,as more details become available to News 2 throughout the day.
  • Seat checks happening across state for National Child Passenger Safety Week

    Seat checks happening across state for National Child Passenger Safety Week

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:54 AM EDT2014-09-16 08:54:51 GMT
    This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week.A new study suggests some parents bend the seatbelt rules for their kids. Safe Kids Worldwide surveyed 1,000 parents with children between the ages of four and ten. Onein four parents say they donot make their children buckle up.More than 60% say they'd seen other parents bending the rules; either not making their kids use a seat belt or letting them sit in the front.Kids need to be in car seats or booster seats until they can fit well in a se...
    This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week.A new study suggests some parents bend the seatbelt rules for their kids. Safe Kids Worldwide surveyed 1,000 parents with children between the ages of four and ten. Onein four parents say they donot make their children buckle up.More than 60% say they'd seen other parents bending the rules; either not making their kids use a seat belt or letting them sit in the front.Kids need to be in car seats or booster seats until they can fit well in a se...
  • News 2 Investigation gets movement in Dorchester Co. dump site

    News 2 Investigation gets movement in Dorchester Co. dump site

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:28 PM EDT2014-09-16 03:28:52 GMT
    If you live in Dorchester County, no doubt you have had to deal with traffic on Dorchester Road, during the ongoing construction project to help traffic flow. That project is moving forward according to the DCTA in charge of that project. But, as the project moves forward, one local woman is feeling dumped on. Valerie Thompson's neighbor's yard isn't too well kept. Her neighbor is the county, this land and it's inhabitants is being used as a virtual construction graveyard from the Dorche...
    If you live in Dorchester County, no doubt you have had to deal with traffic on Dorchester Road, during the ongoing construction project to help traffic flow. That project is moving forward according to the DCTA in charge of that project. But, as the project moves forward, one local woman is feeling dumped on. Valerie Thompson's neighbor's yard isn't too well kept. Her neighbor is the county, this land and it's inhabitants is being used as a virtual construction graveyard from the Dorche...
Powered by WorldNow

210 W. Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Telephone: 843.216.4875
Fax: 843.881.3410
Email: news@wcbd.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.