LA County develops electronic notification system to respond to child abuse cases

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LA County has developed a system to help respond more quickly to allegations of child abuse. The electronic reporting system immediately notifies law enforcement agencies and social workers about suspected abuse.

Until recently, social workers and police would notify each other about suspected child abuse cases using snail mail or fax machines. Now officials say the cross notification system is entering the electronic age.

The department of children and family services first asked for a more efficient system ten years ago.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley says the cross-reporting system will keep children from falling between the cracks in the safety net.

“This will result in prevention of death and injury to children because responsible government agencies have all the information just a keystroke away. “

The cross-notification system involves 50 law enforcement agencies in L.A. County as well as the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services.