Granby girl's death: social workers say budget cuts, healthcare reforms part of the problem

Social workers on the front line say years of budget cuts and healthcare reforms have resulted in a system that failed that little girl in Granby who died Tuesday. 

The 7-year-old girl's father and stepmother have been charged in connection with her death.

Nancy, who did not wish to use her real name to avoid repercussions on the job, has been a social worker for six years. 

She told CJAD 800 News that they've gone from handling 16 cases to as many as 23.

"Which entails visiting your clients every two weeks, attending doctor's appointments, all medical,  school, court hearings, completinig psychological assessments," said Nancy.

"That doesn't necessarily kind of translate to extra time or overtime being paid or to more training or for more supervision."

Nancy said they need more resources and staffing to improve the network.

The APTS union for social workers on the West Island say the work overload and burnout have been building over the past few years.

"If we don't get what we need to make the system better, for sure there will be sad events like that," said spokeswoman Josée Asselin.

The little girl had been on the radar of youth protection services for several years.

The Quebec government will hold a public coroner's inquest into the girl's death.