- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families is in the process of examining proposed changes to the agency’s records system and will report back to the recently formed Child Fatalities Commission next month.

The Nashua Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/1nins5t ) that law enforcement and child-advocate specialists spoke with the commission on Thursday, calling for greater access to agency files and a longer retention of records.

Commissioners have agreed it’s important to extend the timeframe for keeping accusations of child abuse, even potentially holding onto the records indefinitely.

The greatest concern for law enforcement is the lack of 24-hour access to files, which has placed a burden on investigations when offices are closed.

DCYF officials will present their findings to the Child Fatalities Commission on Dec. 3.

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Information from: The Telegraph, http://www.nashuatelegraph.com

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