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Title: Self Study Module for the Child Protection Intake Process Part II: Analyzing a report

Self Study Module for the Child Protection Intake
ProcessPart II Analyzing a report
  • Developed by North Dakota Department of Human
    Services, Children and Family Services
    Division 2000

Instructions for Navigating Through the
Analyzing a Report of Suspected Child Abuse or
  • Critical activity in the assessment process
  • Completes the intake process
  • Begins the CPS assessment process

The SFN 960
  • The SFN 960 is a tool
  • This tool should be supplied to mandated
  • Report information should be transferred to the
    SFN 960 form
  • Record the date the information was received

Decisions to Make When Intake Information is
  • Is the report appropriate for CPS?
  • Does the report require an emergency response?
  • What is the reporters motive?

Is the Report Appropriate?
  • CPS reports must
  • Concern a child under 18 years old
  • Include concerns that the suspected maltreatment
    was caused by someone in the role of a caregiver
    to the child
  • Express some concern that a child has been abused
    or neglected

Does the Report Require an Emergency Response?
  • Is there a child in immediate risk of harm?
  • Can CPS provide the most effective response?
  • Is the scene secure?
  • Use the category system

What is the Reporters Motive?
  • Good faith is presumed
  • There are penalties for false reporting

Administrative Assessment
  • One of these conditions is present
  • the concern clearly falls outside of state law
  • reporter can give no credible or causal reason
    for suspecting the child has been abused or
  • insufficient information is given to identify or
    locate the child/family
  • there is reason to believe the reporter is
    willfully making a false report
  • The concerns in the report are being addressed in
    a current or prior assessment

More Conditions for Administrative Assessment
  • The subject is receiving therapy at the human
    service center and the information is assessed
    by the social worker, therapist and Regional
  • The child and family are receiving case
    management services by the county due to prior
    reported concerns
  • the assessment of safety and risk concerns is in
    progress and information found early on indicates
    the concerns fall outside the child abuse and
    neglect law (assessment terminated in progress)

Administrative Referral
  • Referrals should be made when
  • the child named in the report is not physically
    present in the county receiving the report
  • the subject of the report is not a caregiver
  • the reported concerns took place on an Indian

Notifying the Reporter
  • Reporters should be notified of administrative
    assessment or referral
  • Use professional judgement

The Category System
  • Category A - immediate response - contact with
    law enforcement required
  • Category B - respond within 24 hours - law
    enforcement may be contacted
  • Category C - assessment must begin within 72 hours

Category A
  • STDs
  • Sexual fondling, intercourse, or exploitation
  • Third degree burns
  • Stabbing
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Death
  • Brain damage
  • Bone fracture
  • Subdural hematoma
  • Internal injuries
  • Torture

Category B
  • Burns/scalding
  • Poisoning/noxious substance
  • Wounds
  • Excessive corporal punishment
  • Cuts/bruises/welts
  • Human bites
  • Sprains/dislocations
  • Malnutrition
  • Serious medical neglect
  • Abandonment
  • Tying/close confinement
  • Failure to thrive
  • Twisting/shaking
  • Any injury requiring hospitalization
  • Alcohol and/or drugs present in a newborn

Category C
  • Psychological maltreatment
  • Inadequate shelter
  • Inadequate clothing
  • Educational neglect
  • Inadequate supervision
  • Inadequate nourishment
  • Inadequate health care
  • Earlier intervention is warranted if the child
    is under 8 years old

Check Existing Records
  • Agency files
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Information Index
  • Police reports

Re-evaluate the Initial Category
  • Based on the check of existing records
  • May determine timeliness of response

Resources for Analysis of a Report
  • Consult manual chapter 640
  • Staff the report with your social work supervisor
    or Regional CPS Supervisor
  • Consult other agency staff who have had previous
    contact with the family

  • Analyzing the intake information shapes
    assessment planning
  • Refer to Manual Chapter 640-02
  • Ask your supervisor

You are Appreciated!