Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Five Employees Of Child Welfare Agency Put On Paid Leave

Arizona's child welfare agency has placed five employees on paid administrative leave as it investigates how more than 6500 child abuse and neglect reports were labeled as not worthy of investigation. Department of Economic Security spokeswoman Tasya Peterson says the suspensions do not mean the Child Protective Services workers are being disciplined, only that they are being investigated for possible wrongdoing. The Arizona Republic first reported the suspensions.
 
Juvenile Corrections Director Charles Flanagan says he believes those suspended are managers or supervisors. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Monday named Flanagan to head a team she created to oversee the botched child abuse reports and identify areas needing improvement. DES director Clarence Carter announced the discovery of the closures nearly two weeks ago. Flanagan says Carter told him of the suspensions.

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