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What legal responsibilities should social workers bear in protecting their clients?




Los Angeles County social workers display a banner calling for children's safety in Los Angeles on October 28, 2013.
Los Angeles County social workers display a banner calling for children's safety in Los Angeles on October 28, 2013.
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A judge will soon decide if four LA County social workers will stand trial in the 2013 death of an 8-year-old boy.

The caseworkers are accused of ignoring the severity of the boy's injuries, and the case is being watched by child services employees across the country, fearing that it might have a chilling effect on bringing people to the field.

Guests:

Marilyn Flynn, dean and professor at the University of Southern California’s Suzanne Dworak Peck School of Social Work

Garrett Therolf, former LA Times reporter who broke the Gabriel Fernandez story; reporter for the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and Common sense news; he tweets @gtherolf