DCF Announces Changes at Florida Abuse Hotline to Improve Safety of Vulnerable Children and Adults

Media Advisory:
December 7, 2012

Contact:
Erin Gillespie
DCF Press Secretary
(850) 717-4450

DCF Announces Changes at Florida Abuse Hotline to Improve Safety of Vulnerable Children and Adults
Improvements include new online abuse reporting technology, better data gathering capabilities

  • WHO: Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins, Hotline counselors and administrators, child protective investigators.

  • WHAT: Press conference to announce improvements at the Florida Abuse Hotline following recommendations made last year by the Barahona Investigative Panel. Media will be invited to tour the Hotline, listen to live calls reporting abuse, and speak with Hotline counselors and child protective investigators about the changes.

  • A key component of the improvement will be a more comprehensive collection of data to provide investigators with better information about families at the beginning of an investigation, which will help them assess child safety and family risk factors. The changes also include an improved online abuse reporting tool that will be most beneficial to mandatory reporters, such as law enforcement and school personnel.

  • WHEN: Wednesday Dec 12, 2012, 11 a.m.

  • WHERE: Department of Children and Families, 1317 Winewood Blvd., Tallahassee

  • Media should call for more information on parking and access.

  • FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.floridaabusehotline.com

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