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Are Social Workers the Answer?

‘Abolish the Police,” protesters chant. What does that mean? One widely tweeted answer: “Almost every role in our community a police officer fills would be better handled by a social worker.” Yet consider an area in which social workers already tend to be the ones who enforce the law. Child-protection agencies routinely send social workers to respond to reports of abuse or neglect. Often they will question a child while the alleged abuser is present.

These workers have little or no training in investigation. Their studies…

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