Bill would create more oversight of Colorado social workers
DENVER – Gov. Bill Ritter is backing legislation to provide more oversight of social workers investigating child abuse cases.
A bill sponsored by Sen. Linda Newell would create an independent office to investigate complaints about how cases are being handled. Ritter said Thursday it would help provide transparency, consistency and ideas for improving the state’s child welfare system.
Ritter ordered a review of the system two years ago following the deaths of children who had been involved in the system. Creating an oversight office was one of the recommended changes.
In the last three years, over 30 children whose families had been involved in the system died of abuse or neglect. One was 7-year-old Chandler Grafner, who starved to death after being locked in a closet.
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