Child Abusers Still Working With Vulnerable

1 decade 1 year 3 weeks ago Thursday, November 15 2007 Nov 15, 2007 Thursday, November 15, 2007 5:31:38 AM CST November 15, 2007 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Convicted criminals and child abusers are still working at state-licensed group homes and other residential facilities in spite of laws designed to protect the vulnerable. That from a new report by State Auditor Susan Montee that faults three state agencies for failing to adequately protect clients in the state's care. Among the findings: Nearly 100 employees at 31 licensed residential facilities were hired despite a history of substantiated child abuse or violent felony convictions. And 129 employees of state-run mental health centers or private contractors had records of child abuse or neglect. Montee blamed a patchwork system of screening procedures that don't automatically prohibit residential centers from hiring criminals or abusers.Montee notes that Missouri is one of just six states that do not use criminal histories to prohibit employment in licensed residential child-care facilities.

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