Monday, January 17, 2011
Of all the things that need serious fixing in this society. But let's be specific. Peace, hunger etc is not what I'm looking for here but rather programs or companies that need to be put on the right trail..
I will add a link here later when i finish setting up an online list but meanwhile put your ideas in comment to that blog entry.
Here is one i discovered this morning. This organism (lecentredetransition) is searching for an employee willing to work every week-end plus some week days, able to write reports, make interventions. The work setting: to be supervising parent-children visits in a context where the parent lost custody. 40 hours a week. Students in their last year in social services studies welcome. 10$ per hour (minimum wage here is 9.50$, taxation levels are high and so is living and housing).
My soap box: GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. It is beyond me. They expect a 18 years old kid to have authority over a delinquant adult (if the custody was removed must have been serious cuz they don't remove custody nowadays). To make proper interventions, guidance and than write reports. The salary offered is ridicoulous. Of course its going to be underqualified or newbies that will take this job. Most likely the reason why new social workers are burned out within 2 years and abandon after 4 years study and the related schooling debts!
In order to know what is appropriate, and how to make a diagnosis and an intervention plan with the parent, the social worker/visit supervisor would need a minimum of experience and some maturity relevant to parenting. At an age where the student has not yet finished his own maturation process (anticipation and consequences evaluation required for good parenting skills only fully develop around 25 y.o.) we trow them in the zoo? THIS IS SICK AND IT ENRAGE ME!
If not a student in social services, the next potential candidate for this job will be mrs smith who's been raising her kids and now has to go back to work. Or has been on welfare and is looking for a job back on the market. She has parenting experience but no social intervention and analysis skills and expertise. She might be a good person with good values but her social status indicates most likely that their will be deficiencies in the self confidence, education, proper behavior and child care (nutrition, hygiene, etc) skills to guide others in the first place and might not hold very well on the role model department either. Of course I am aware that there might be exceptions. But who would accept such a stressful job for 10$ per hour working all week-ends and without the proper training to face the challenges ahead. No wonder the turn over is constant!
So the thing to be fixed here is to stop making rehab programs without qualified workers. We confide the most vulnerable people of society to underpaid and underqualified workers! It is unacceptable that a rep that sells dog food makes 6 figures and a child visit supervisor makes hardly 18k per year!
Such job should be paid 18 to 27$ per hour, depending on experience. And expectations should be high in terms of plan of intervention.