Conference Aimed at Protecting Children

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In a continued effort to learn more about the field of social work, social workers and students gathered at MSU Meridian Campus for the Central Conference on Social Welfare.

"We work towards making children and their families lives better," said Peggy Edwards, social work consultant for the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

Edwards says that the field of social work involves school systems, hospitals, home health agencies and child welfare agencies.

"We're always learning and in order to learn new techniques and technology we have to be at conferences," Edwards said.

"This conference has been very important,” said MSU social work student, Tijuanna Bailey. "We must continue to enhance that knowledge."

"We all want the best professionals and help them develop and present different kinds of programs that appeal to them," said Dr. Sharon Eads.

The month of April is "Child Abuse Prevention Month." National statistics show that every 35 seconds a child is abused or neglected. If you know or suspect someone is being abused, call Mississippi's Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-222-8000.