The St. Clair County Children's Policy Council hosted its first regional workshop in Pell City on Friday.

"We were very honored to be chosen to host the regional workshop," said Cheryl Fagan, executive director for the St. Clair County Children's Policy Council.

Fagan said attendees representing about eight counties attended the workshop, held at Jefferson State Community College's Pell City campus.

The workshop featured two speakers. Harrison Black, field director for the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect, spoke on "Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse," with an overview of child abuse, types, warning signs, risk factors, prevention, intervention and reporting.

Robert Thompson, special agent with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, spoke on "Technology-Facilitated Crimes against Children," covering internet trends, internet activities of youth that make them more easily victimized, cyberbullying, sexting and social networking.

Fagan said the St. Clair County Children's Policy Council is comprised of representatives from agencies in St. Clair County that help children and families.

"We are trying to become more active, but funding is an issue," she said.

Fagan said the council recently held a developmental screening for parents and children in conjunction with St. Clair County Head Start and also assisted in supplying backpacks and school supplies to 110 children.

For more information, call Fagan at 205-812-3351.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.

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