Thursday, January 07, 2010

Too little, too late.

A three month old baby girl lies in a hospital on life support, link.

Apparently she lies there because the procedures at the Children Youth and Families Department didn't include any mechanism for forwarding reports of abuse, from staff members on vacation to staff members who are not.

"As of today, all staff members are required to have
information on their voice mailbox directing callers to
alternate numbers, in case they're not there."
Well, duh! Too bad no one thought of that earlier.

Granted, not every eventuality can be imagined and prepared
for. Some can. Something as simple as forwarding messages for
people on vacation, should have been standard operating procedure.

All of which begs at least one question; is the leadership of the CYFD up to the task? Were they hired or promoted based on skill set, or are they someone's cousin, crony, or political campaign supporter?

Every job in government should have attached to it, clear and unequivocal standards of conduct and competence. Those standards should be enforceable under an impartial system that is powerful enough to hold even the most powerful public servant accountable, even against their will.

This little girl deserved as much, and so do we.

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