Ventura County is moving ahead with a plan to hire more social workers to deal with a spike in child abuse, and neglect cases.
County Supervisors approved the hiring seven more workers in the next few months, and as many as 20 over the next two years.
The Ventura County Human Services Agency says it’s seen a 30% increase in caseload during the last 18 months.
Officials say they’ve been receiving about 800 calls a month for investigations on the county’s hotline, with more than 500 leading to actual cases.
HSA officials say they aren’t sure whether there’s an actual increase in incidents, or that improved awareness, and reporting is leading to more cases being discovered.
The federal government, and the county will split the cost of the additional social workers.