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Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 2:43pm

Nearly A Third Of Child Abuse Reports Late

An audit is raising questions about how quickly Georgia's child protection workers are filing reports of child abuse.

The audit released this week examines how workers at the Division of Family and Children Services used a statewide computer system during a one-year period ending June 2011.

The audit found workers entered the child abuse reports into the computer system five or more days after they were received in 31 percent of cases. That translates into roughly 19,000 of more than 60,000 cases during the one-year period. Agency policy requires the allegations be entered immediately.

The commissioner of Georgia's Department of Health and Human Services, Clyde Reese III, says there are legitimate reasons reports are entered late, but he adds new controls could improve data accuracy.

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