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Summit Set For Next Month To Help Local Child Abuse Death Panels Feeling 'Swamped'


The local and statewide panels tasked with reviewing child abuse death cases is holding a summit next month to bring them all together.

Since the Florida Legislature put new rules in place for the State and Local Child Abuse Death Review Committees to follow, some local panels have complained of being “swamped” and “overwhelmed.” That’s according to members of the statewide panel chaired by Dr. Robin Perry.

“I always say that the local committees have the finger on the pulse of what’s going on in that community,” said Perry. “But, again with the new statutory obligation, they’re feeling swamped or dumped on, and yeah, that’s a real feeling and we’ve heard that as well.”

So, he hopes by having different breakout sessions during the September meeting and working through their differences will help. Perry says the first workshop will be led by some local chairs.

“…that actually have been very proactive or very effective or they might be a bit innovative in some of the ideas that they’ve integrated into the process,” he added.

And, Bruce McIntosh, fellow panel member and Child Protection Team Statewide Medical Director, called it a good idea.

“…because it would give the chairs of the weaker, less well-functioning committees a chance to learn from those that are doing it better,” said McIntosh. “So, I think it’s a great format.”

The all-day summit meeting that starts at 9 a.m. is set for September 8th at the JW Marriott hotel in Orlando.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.