• 45°

By Shavonne Potts
Salisbury Post
The Rowan County Department of Social Services wants to make sure that language won’t be a barrier when investigators answer after-hours calls.
The answer lies with the Law Enforcement Protocol Committee of the Rowan County Task Force for Child Abuse Prevention.
The group met Tuesday in the Stanback room of the Rowan Public Library to discuss how to reach an interpreter after hours for child protective services investigations.
The issue came up at the last meeting after an incident in which an interpreter wasn’t readily available after regular business hours.
Department of Social Services Director Sandra Wilkes said the agency employs a Spanish-speaking interpreter 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, along with a couple of bilingual employees.
“We will have to contract with an interpreter, just for after-hours. It will be someone who we can call immediately,” she said.
Wilkes said the agency will most likely contract with an interpreter with whom it already has worked. Officials hope to begin their search this week, she said.
There is money in the budget to hire an interpreter.
The committee also discussed law enforcement presence when Social Services personnel conduct a family assessment.
China Grove Police Chief Hodge Coffield, who attended the meeting, said his department, while short on investigators, could have a patrol officer investigate the suspected abuse. Kannapolis Police Sgt. Ken Jackson said if an investigator isn’t readily available in his department’s jurisdiction, a patrol officer could handle the situation.
When Social Services suspects a child is being abused, the agency and law enforcement, who would file criminal charges if needed, are sent to the home or hospital to investigate.
The task force was created in 1997 by the Rowan County Board of Commissioners to examine the existing abuse prevention network, find problems within or outside the existing structure and create solutions to problems.
The committee typically meets monthly, but the next meeting will be May 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the Rowan Public Library.
Contact Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253 or spotts@salisburypost.com.

Comments

Comments closed.

Local

City approves DOT agreement, Salisbury Station project could begin next year

Local

County plans to use vulture effigy, enforce violations to remedy animal carcass feeding problem

Education

Two weeks after ending enhanced protocols, Catawba has no COVID-19 cases

News

Council to hear revised version of Downtown Main Street Plan

News

Political Notebook: Majority of likely voters, local legislators support school reopening bill

Coronavirus

COVID-19 vaccinations in Rowan top positives since start of pandemic

Crime

Man faces drug charges after breaking and entering call

Lifestyle

Waterworks schedules 2021 Summer ARTventures

Crime

Blotter: Man faces drug charges after being found passed out in vehicle

Ask Us

Ask Us: What programs exist for litter cleanup?

Business

County begins accepting restaurant grant applications

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury man charged with nine more felony sex offenses

Nation/World

Biden team readies wider economic package after virus relief

Nation/World

Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new solar wings

Nation/World

Cuomo sorry for remarks aide ‘misinterpreted’ as harassment

Nation/World

Trump calls for GOP unity, repeats lies about election loss

Education

Rowan County administers 700 vaccines, with majority going to local educators

Crime

Shoplifting at Walmart presents challenge for Salisbury police

Local

Commissioners will hear details about changes to solar energy policies

Business

After overcoming obstacles, local barber Daniel King earns registered status

Lifestyle

39th annual K12 student exhibitions go virtual

Business

Biz Roundup: Chamber of Commerce to host ‘Salute to Agri-Business’ at March Power in Partnership

Local

Local legislators back bills ranging from new restrictions on sex offenders to Holocaust education

News

After surviving COVID-19 scare, Lois Willard set to celebrate 100th birthday