We believe any worker whether privately or publicly employed; who are involved in Child Welfare, should be subject to Mandatory Drug Screenings.
These drug-screenings should be undertaken upon application for any 'working with children' check or related endorsement. In addition, regular screenings should be facilitated, including but not exclusive to any situation that may arise where the actions of that worker are brought into question by an involved party.
These workers directly influence outcomes, life, for children.
We also believe that beyond Drug-Screening policies; additional Psychological reports should be provided as to ascertain the workers capacity to make truthful and reasonable decision based upon the case specifically; rather than any other external influence, such as childhood experiences or other non-specific matter. By involvement in practices relating to the states' capacity to uphold the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child ("UN CRC"), on behalf of children; assessments should be made by fit and proper individuals acting in a capacity of duty, capable of their fullest capacity to consider the UN CRC in its entire form, free from external influences that may otherwise influence decision making practices and damage the welfare of children, in utility of unforeseen & improper personalised influences.
Put Simply, if a worker is using drugs, then neurologically their behaviour may be influenced by immediate reward, rather than duty bound & otherwise well considered decisions. Workers may use drugs as a means to numb themselves from policy or other influences in which they may know their actions are wrong, but feel trapped, bullied and without influence to make proper decisions in the interests of children. In-turn Drug-use, may exacerbate issues through the formulation of documents and behaviourally contextual experience, in the development of evidence, in relation to the welfare of children.
The most common types of drugs that people abuse fall into four categories: stimulants, depressants, hallucinogenics and opioids. While the effect of each group of drugs is different, all of them are harmful & affect the way the body and brain functions
A "study by substance abuse researchers has discovered that an area of the brain called the orbitofrontal cortex is responsible for decisions made on the spur of the moment. However, this brain region is not responsible for decisions made based on prior experience or habit."
Experts say the distinction is critical to understanding the neurobiology of decision-making, particularly with regard to substance abuse.
Scientists have assumed that the orbitofrontal cortex plays a role in "value-based" decision-making, when a person compares options and weights consequences and rewards to choose best alternative.
The study shows that this area of the brain is involved in decision-making only when the value must be inferred or computed rapidly or hastily. If the value has been "cached" or pre-computed, like a habit, then the orbitofrontal cortex is not necessary. The same is true for learning — if a person infers an outcome but it does not happen, the resulting error can drive learning. The study shows that the orbitofrontal cortex is necessary for the inferred value that is used for this type of learning.
"The person isn't able to consider the whole continuum of the decision — the mind's map of how choices play out further down the road. Instead, the person is going to regress to habitual behavior, gravitating toward the choice that provides the most value in its immediate reward."
Further information on the effects of drugs are available online. Many industries such as engineering, mining and other fields already require drug-screenings. It is reasonable to demand that the same policy should apply to those appropriated with responsibilities pursuant to upholding the UN CRC. For more information on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: please see our petition by following this link