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Don’t government workers ask for consent before they strip-search or photograph a child?

Government workers may or may not ask for consent. The position of the Department of Human Services (DHS) is that it does not need consent from parents. All social workers need, in DHS’ own words, is to “reasonably believe” there is “possible abuse.” In some cases, parents discover that their children have been strip-searched at school. In other cases, if parents withhold consent, the social worker will call the police to “make them cooperate.”

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