Gov. Baker unveils new child welfare department protocols

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BOSTON >> Gov. Charlie Baker is making changes to the Department of Children and Families that he said will help ensure the safety of children in the state's welfare system.

Baker said a new intake policy unveiled Tuesday will clarify protocols used to screen and investigate reports of abuse of neglect.

The changes are also designed to help social workers identify which cases should be sent up for a higher-level review.

Training in the new policies begins in February.

Focus on the department intensified after the death of 2-year-old Bella Bond, whose body washed up in a plastic bag on a Boston Harbor beach in June.

DCF been criticized for its handling of 2012 and 2013 complaints against the girl's mother, Rachelle Bond, later charged with being an accessory in her daughter's death.


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