Quote from dawngloves
Only if you witness abuse and neglect, which is difficult in the hospital setting.
Have you asked them if they've talked to CPS? Can you talk to their supervisor about your concerns?
There isn't a pressing concern at this time...just here and there since I have been employed.
Our social worker, sometimes, posts a note in the chart to let you know that DCS is involved...but not always. I would like to see that changed.
I never contact our social worker unless I have charted direct observations...we don't see cases of abuse, we see cases of neglect or drug impairment, lack of involvement (ie. Infant admitted to the NICU and never comes to visit the infant nor calls for two months until the baby is ready to go home).
I understand that it is not necessary for me to know what is going on with the DCS case in order to care for the infant, nor is it any of my business, or what kind of action is to be taken...that isn't for me to decide.
However, I do feel that we need to know if they have been contacted and if they are actively involved in a case...after that, it is up to another agency to make those decisions.
We have a huge number of drug-exposed infants in the NICU in my geographical area and mothers with a significant drug history.