Commission: More training needed to protect kids

Commission: More training needed to protect kids


NASHVILLE (AP) - A report from the state Second Look Commission cites what members called "gaping holes" in the child welfare system.

According to The Tennessean, the annual report looked into what the commission termed the worst incidents of child abuse in Tennessee.

The report stated there were missed opportunities to protect children, even in cases where authorities knew families were abusive.

The commission recommends more training for not only Department of Children's Services caseworkers, but also police and mental health providers.

The 17 members of the commission include lawmakers, judges, doctors, lawyers, police and child advocates. The Legislature created the panel in 2010 to examine cases in which children suffered severe abuse more than once.

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