MA Medical And legal Experts Will Teach Reporters

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Conference planned for official Child Abuse

ATHOL, MA  –  Medical and legal experts will talk about how to recognize and respond to child abuse to mandated reporters of child abuse on Thursday at Athol Hospital.


Thursday, November 17, 2016, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Athol Hospital , 2033 Main St, Athol, MA 01331

Under Massachusetts law, the Department of Children and Families is the state agency that receives all reports of suspected abuse and/or neglect of children under the age of 18.  State law requires professionals whose work brings them into contact with children to notify DCF if they suspect that a child is being abused and/or neglected.  Mandated reporters include medical, dental and emergency health personnel; public, private and early childhood education teachers and other personnel; social work, law enforcement, clergy and others.

DCF receives more than 75,000 reports on behalf of children each year.

Speakers include Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan, Vice-president of Community Health at Heywood Health Care Rebecca Bialecki, Baystate Health Care Dr. Stephen Boos, Assistant Northwestern District Attorney and Child Abuse Unit Chief Linda Pisano and Legal Counsel to the Department of Children and Families Amy Cameron.

Registration for the free conference is online at  For more information, contact Irene Woods, executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Franklin County and North Quabbin Area at

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