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Social Worker Harasses RCMP Officer
November 28, 2009 permalink
Colleen Deroache has interviewed veteran RCMP officer Sheilah about her experience with child protection. At age 5 her son engaged in risky behaviors requiring him to spend a month in British Columbia respite care at the mother's request. By age 12 Sheilah's work took her to Saskatchewan where she found her son had stolen $700 on her VISA bill. Resorting to tough love she reported him to the local police, expecting an overnight detention followed by a court hearing. Instead a social worker intervened and kept mother and son apart nine days until their first meeting and three weeks until return from foster care. When Sheilah showed the social worker her bulky file on her son's mental health problems the worker said: "I'm not interested in anything you have to say". When the boy tried to use the bathroom at night, his surprise discovery of another boy inside led to his punishment as a sexual deviant. According to Sheilah, child protectors deny parents the protections that the RCMP allows to accused offenders.