DCF Trains 5,000 Staff In New System After Deaths

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — More than 5,000 Florida child protection staffers are training under a new system implemented after the deaths of a handful of children.

Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins said Monday the tool is not just another layer of paperwork bureaucracy and said he was stunned when he took the reins of the agency in 2011 to learn that basic safety questions weren’t being asked during home visits. There were no standard procedures for investigations, so each jurisdiction ended up doing it differently.

The new tool focuses on safety and consistency in a streamlined set of questions. Investigators are being trained in some parts of the state now, but the model won’t be implemented statewide until October.

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