What is the SAIN Team?
The Berkshire County SAIN Team is a collaboration of local agencies who work together to intervene in and investigate cases of suspected sexual and serious physical abuse of children and provide services for victims and non-offending family members. The goal of the SAIN Team is to keep children safe, prevent further harm, and hold abusers accountable.
Who are the SAIN Team members?
The SAIN Team consists of well-trained personnel from the Department of Children and Families, The Berkshire County Kids' Place, state and local police, the Brien Center, a medical consultant, the Massachusetts Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, and the District Attorney's Office. The SAIN Team Coordinator is employed by the District Attorney and has an office at the Berkshire County Kids' Place.
What are the benefits to the SAIN Team approach?
The SAIN Team follows a model approach to child abuse intervention and investigation. Children are interviewed in a non-leading manner by a trained forensic interviewer in a child-friendly environment. Team members observe via closed-circuit television and can transmit their questions to the interviewer, thus eliminating the need for multiple interviews of the child. Each team member can then use the information obtained to do their job, whether it be intervention, criminal investigation, providing medical or mental health services, or prosecution of the abuser. Specialized medical and mental health services are offered. This comprehensive approach provides a non-threatening environment for children and their families to feel safe and get help.
For more information on the Berkshire County SAIN Team, contact the Coordinator at 413-443-5951.