Council reportedly paid $5K to see if boy should be exorcised6/25/2012
We all want to be culturally sensitive, but British social workers may have taken the aspiration a bit far when they paid more than $5,000 to see if a boy in their charge should go to Africa to receive an exorcism to remove "kindoki" or evil spirits. Council chiefs in Islington, North London, were criticized this week for paying an expert to travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2005 to investigate "deliverances." The expert discovered the practice involved starvation and dehydration with many kids beaten, shaken or sprayed with chili peppers. He successfully recommended that social services not send the boy away, as requested by his family. Hoskins criticized the council at a conference Saturday while illustrating dangerous examples of "misguided political correctness."
How culturally sensitive should social workers be?