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Title: With an Overview of the Memorandum of Understanding


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How to Identify and Report Child Abuse and
Neglect in Delaware
  • With an Overview of the Memorandum of
    Understanding
  • Between the Department of Education (DOE) and the
    Department of Services for Children, Youth and
    Their Families (DSCYF)
  • DEVELOPED BY THE CHILD PROTECTION ACCOUNTABILITY
    COMMISSION (CPAC)
  • School Training - August 2012

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HOW MANY CHILDREN ARE UNSAFE BECAUSE THEY ARE
ABUSED OR NEGLECTED?
  • National Statistics
  • In FFY 2009, 3.3 million allegations of child
    abuse and neglect were reported.
  • 25 of the investigations determined at least
    one child was abused or neglected.
  • In FFY 2009, 1,770 children died as a result of
    abuse or neglect.
  • Delaware Statistics
  • The Division of Family Services received 14,010
    reports in FY 2011.
  • Of those, 7,358 (53) met the criteria for
    investigation.
  • 1,651 reports were substantiated.

Source DHHS, ACF Child Maltreatment 2009 Family
Services Intake and Investigation Statistics
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HOW DO I RECOGNIZE CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT?
  • DIVISION OF FAMILY SERVICES
  • CHILD ABUSE NEGLECT REPORT LINE
  • 24/7 1-800-292-9582

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CHILD ABUSE
  • As defined in 10 Del.C.901(1), Abuse or
    abused child means that the person
  • - Causes or inflicts sexual abuse on a child or
  • - Has care, custody, or control of a child, and
    causes or inflicts
  • Physical injury through unjustified force as
    defined in 468 of Title 11
  • Emotional abuse
  • Torture
  • Exploitation or
  • Maltreatment or mistreatment

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UNJUSTIFIED FORCE INCLUDES BUT IS NOT LIMITED
TO
  • Throwing the child, kicking, burning, cutting,
    striking with a closed fist
  • Interfering with breathing
  • Use of or threatened use of a deadly weapon
  • Prolonged deprivation of sustenance or
    medication, or doing any other act that is likely
    to cause or does cause physical injury,
    disfigurement, mental distress, unnecessary
    degradation or substantial risk of serious
    physical injury or death.

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CHILD ABUSE AS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE
  • 11 DEL. C. 1103
  • Misdemeanor
  • causes physical injury to a child or
  • causes physical injury to a child when the person
    has engaged in a previous pattern of abuse and/or
    neglect of such child.
  • Felony
  • causes serious physical injury to a child or
  • causes physical injury to a child 3 years of age
    or younger or
  • causes physical injury to a child who has
    significant intellectual or developmental
    disabilities.
  • The misdemeanor and felony offenses both require
    that the person recklessly or intentionally
    causes the physical injury.
  • 11 DEL. C. 1103 defines physical injury and
    serious physical injury.

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NEGLECT
  • As defined in 10 Del. C. 901 (18) "Neglect" or
    "neglected child" means that a person
  • a. Is responsible for the care, custody, and/or
    control of the child and
  • b. Has the ability and financial means to
    provide for the care of the child and.

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NEGLECT (CONT.)
  • 1. Fails to provide necessary care with regard
    to food, clothing, shelter, education, health,
    medical or other care necessary for the child's
    emotional, physical, or mental health, or safety
    and general well-being or
  • 2. Chronically and severely abuses alcohol or a
    controlled substance, is not active in treatment
    for such abuse, and the abuse threatens the
    child's ability to receive care necessary for
    that child's safety and general well-being, or
  • 3. Fails to provide necessary supervision
    appropriate for a child when the child is unable
    to care for that child's own basic needs or
    safety, after considering such factors as the
    child's age, mental ability, physical condition,
    the length of the caretaker's absence, and the
    context of the child's environment.

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SEXUAL ABUSE
  • As defined in 10 Del.C.901(21), "Sexual abuse"
    means any
  • act against a child that is described as a sex
    offense in
  • 761(h) of Title 11 including
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Incest
  • Unlawful Sexual Contact
  • Rape
  • Sexual Abuse of a Child by a Person in a Position
    of Trust, Authority or Supervision.
  • Sexual Exploitation of a Child
  • Dealing in Child Pornography

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DETERMINING AGE OF CONSENT FOR SEXUAL CONTACT
  • Consensual sexual contact between two minors does
    not require a mandatory report, even if that
    sexual contact results in a pregnancy.
  • Suspected sexual behavior by force or coercion
    against a minor (even by another minor) must be
    reported.

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DETERMINING AGE OF CONSENT FOR SEXUAL CONTACT
(CONT)
  • 18 years and older Can consent to sexual contact
    with other adults. Except
  • When the victim suffers from a cognitive
    disability, mental illness or mental limitation
    which renders the victim incapable of appraising
    the nature of the sexual conduct or incapable of
    consenting
  • If force or coercion occurred on school grounds
    or at a school function or
  • If sexual contact occurred between a student and
    a school employee, then a school employee must
    report to the school administrator or designee.
  • Additionally, all of these incidents require a
    report to the police.

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DETERMINING AGE OF CONSENT FOR SEXUAL CONTACT
(CONT)
  • 16 and 17 year-olds Can consent to sexual
    contact with someone who is under 30 years of
    age.
  • 12-15 year-olds Can ONLY consent to sex with
    someone who is no more than 4 years older than
    the child.
  • Under 12 years-old Children under 12 years old
    CANNOT legally consent to sexual contact. All of
    these cases MUST be reported.
  • Children CANNOT legally consent to sexual contact
    with anyone who is in a position of authority
    (e.g. family member, babysitter, coach, teacher,
    doctor, clergy, etc.).

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ENHANCED PENALTIES FOR CRIMES ASSOCIATED WITH
SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN
  • Title 11 of the Delaware Code Relating to Crimes
    Against Children and Specific Offenses was
    amended on June 30, 2010 to clarify who is in a
    position of trust, authority or supervision over
    a child and to enhance the penalties for
    committing such offenses.
  • The provisions of the present criminal code
    concerning rape and unlawful sexual conduct that
    contain position of trust were also
    consolidated as a single crime known as "sexual
    abuse of a child by a person in a position of
    trust, authority or supervision."

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EMOTIONAL MALTREATMENT
  • Emotional abuse - defined as threats to inflict
    undue physical or emotional harm, and it may also
    include chronic or recurring incidents of
    ridiculing, demeaning, and making derogatory
    remarks.
  • Emotional neglect - defined as incidents of
    isolating/shunning, rejecting or ignoring the
    child.

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DEPENDENCY
  • 10 Del. C. 908 (8) "Dependency" or "dependent
    child" means that a person
  • a. Is responsible for the care, custody, and/or
    control of the child and
  • b. Does not have the ability and/or financial
    means to provide for the care of the child and

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DEPENDENCY (CONT.)
  • 1. Fails to provide necessary care with regard
    to food, clothing, shelter, education, health
    care, medical care or other care necessary for
    the child's emotional, physical or mental health,
    or safety and general well-being or
  • 2. The child is living in a nonrelated home on
    an extended basis without the consent and
    approval of the DSCYF or any agency or court
    licensed or authorized to place children in a
    nonrelated home or
  • 3. The child has been placed with a licensed
    agency which certifies it cannot complete a
    suitable adoption plan.

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DEPENDENCY INCLUDES
  • Child Living in a Non-Related Home
  • Inability to Complete Adoption Plan
  • Out-of-State Runaway
  • Abandoned Infant (Safe Arms)

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SAFE ARMS FOR BABIES 1-800-262-9800
  • Safe Arms for Babies allows a parent to go to any
    Delaware hospital emergency department and leave
    their newborn (14 days old or younger) with any
    emergency department staff or volunteer.
  • Provides immunity from criminal prosecution for
    abandonment provided the baby is alive, unharmed
    and brought into a hospital emergency department.
  • Detailed information can be found at the Division
    of Public Healths website
  • http//www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/chca/dphahsa
    b01.html

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RISK FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH ABUSE AND NEGLECT
  • SUBSTANCE ABUSE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE
  • Parental addiction is a significant factor in
    child abuse and neglect
  • cases, with studies suggesting 40 to 80 of
    families in the child
  • welfare system are affected by addiction. 
  • Data indicates that abused and neglected children
    from substance
  • abusing families are more likely to be placed in
    foster care and to
  • remain there longer than maltreated children from
    non-substance
  • families.
  • SOURCE CWLA NATIONAL FACT SHEET 2008

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE (CONT.)
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Child
  • 11 Del. C. 1102(a)(5)
  • (5) The person commits the offense of Driving
    Under the Influence as set forth in 4177 of
    Title 21, or the offense of Operating a Vessel or
    Boat Under the Influence as set forth in 2302
    of Title 23, and during the commission of the
    offense knowingly permits a child less than 18
    years of age to be a passenger in or on such
    vehicle, vessel or boat.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
  • Delaware law does not mandate reports of DV to
    law enforcement for adult victims.
  • DV cases involving children are mandated reports
    to DFS when the DV is chronic or
    severe/escalating and impairs the caregivers
    ability to keep the child safe.
  • In Delaware, there are a variety of services to
    help victims of DV including 24 hour hotlines
    that can provide crisis intervention, resources,
    legal remedies and safety planning. 

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WHEN CHILDREN ARE INVOLVED IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
  • Report cases to DFS of child abuse when a
  • Child is injured during an incident of domestic
    violence.
  • Child is not injured but is at risk of injury,
    such as witnessing domestic violence where a
    weapon or a potentially dangerous object has been
    used or where a child has attempted to physically
    intervene in a manner that puts the child in
    danger of being injured.

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WHEN CHILDREN ARE INVOLVED IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
(CONT)
  • Report cases to DFS of emotional harm to a child
    due to domestic violence when a
  • Child is aware of DV (either chronic or single
    incident) perpetrated against his/her caregiver
    by a domestic partner and that involves a
    significant injury to the victim or use of
    weapon AND
  • Child has a diagnosed mental health condition or
    behaviors that signify severe psychological harm.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES
  • Child Inc.'s Domestic Violence ProgramNew Castle
    County (Bilingual) 302-762-6110
  • SAFE Program at People's PlaceKent and Sussex
    Counties 302-422-8058Northern Kent County
    302-678-3886
  • Abriendo Puertas Bilingual HotlineSussex County
    302-745-9874

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HOW DO I REPORT CHILD ABUSE NEGLECT?
DIVISION OF FAMILY SERVICES CHILD ABUSE NEGLECT
REPORT LINE 24/7 1-800-292-9582
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TITLE 16, SUBSECTION 903 OF THE DELAWARE
CODE STATES
  • Any person, agency, organization or entity who
    knows or in good faith suspects child abuse or
    neglect shall make a report in accordance with
    904 of this title.

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CAN I BE HELD LIABLE FOR MAKING A REPORT ABOUT
CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT?
  • 16 Del.C. 908 (a) states that
  • Anyone participating in good faith in the making
    of a report or notifying police officers pursuant
    to this chapter, performing a medical examination
    without the consent of those responsible for the
    care, custody and control of a child pursuant to
    906(b)(5) of this title, or exercising
    emergency protective custody in compliance with
    907 of this title, shall have immunity from any
    liability, civil or criminal, that might
    otherwise exist,

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CAN ANYTHING HAPPEN TO ME IF I DO NOT REPORT
CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT?
  • There is a penalty for not reporting.
  • 16 Del. C. 914. Penalty for violation.
  • Whoever violates 903 of this title shall be
    liable for a civil penalty not to exceed 10,000
    for the first violation, and not to exceed
    50,000 for any subsequent violation.
  • In any action brought under this section, if the
    court finds a violation, the court may award
    costs and attorneys' fees.

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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU SUSPECT CHILD ABUSE OR
NEGLECT?
  • If you observe physical or behavioral indicators,
    ask Minimal
  • Fact Questions, such as
  • What happened?
  • When did that happen?
  • Where did that happen?
  • Did you tell anyone what happened?
  • Write down childs exact words if you must speak
    to child.
  • If the child is unable to communicate, then make
    the report based on your observations of the
    physical and/or behavioral indicators.

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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU SUSPECT CHILD ABUSE OR
NEGLECT? (CONT.)
  • Avoid
  • Expressing disbelief, shock or anger, etc.
  • Value judgments and accusatory statements
  • Thank the child for telling you and tell the
    child it is not his/her fault.
  • Tell the child you have to report the abuse to a
    professional.

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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU KNOW/SUSPECT CHILD
ABUSE OR NEGLECT? (CONT.)
  • Do not interview the child multiple times.
  • Do not take pictures of the injuries or ask the
    child to undress. (Exception medical
    providers)
  • Do not notify the parent/caretaker you are making
    a report.

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WHAT INFORMATION IS NEEDED TO MAKE A REPORT?
  • Demographics
  • Known information about the parents or siblings
  • Known information about the alleged child
    victims physical health, mental health,
    educational status
  • Information regarding medical attention that may
    be needed for injuries
  • Any information you have about the way the
    caregivers behavior is impacting the care of the
    child and
  • Known information that could put the childs or
    DFS workers safety in peril such as the presence
    of alcohol, drugs, weapons, dangerous animals or
    criminal behavior.

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CHILD ABUSE REPORT LINE
  • To report suspected child abuse or neglect in
    Delaware call the 24 Hour Division of Family
    Services (DFS) Report Line at 1-800-292-9582.
  • Delawares 800 is a national and statewide
    number. Reports should not be made to local DFS
    offices.
  • Spanish translation is available 24/7.
  • DFS also accepts written reports and walk-in
    reports.
  • Calls are digitally recorded for random quality
    assurance reviews.

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  • Magic words are I want to make a report.
  • If unsure, DFS needs to be the decider. Its okay
    to call the Report Line and discuss what you
    know.
  • The person who spoke to or observed the child
    should make the report because it is required by
    statute and the Report Line may have questions
    about the childs disclosure or condition.
  • DFS may have information about the family you
    dont know about.
  • You will be informed at the time of your call
    whether the report has been accepted or not for
    investigation or you should receive a call back
    within 24 hours, if you provide your name.

CHILD ABUSE REPORT LINE (CONT)
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THREE QUESTIONS THAT WILL BE ASKED OF THE REPORTER
What are you worried about?
What is working well?
What needs to happen next?
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WHAT ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT?
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GENERALIZATIONS VS. BEHAVIOR AND IMPACT
She is mentally ill.
  • How do you know?
  • What are the caregiver behaviors associated with
    it?
  • When do those behaviors show themselves?
  • How do those behaviors impact the child?
  • How did you find out?
  • What does the child know?
  • What has the child seen?
  • What are you worried is happening or will happen?

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WHAT IS WORKING WELL?
If DFS does not know what is working well they
cannot know how worried to be. Questions will be
asked that rigorously surface the history of
protectionand how this can be applied to the
safety of the children going forward.
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WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN NEXT?
  • To Keep the Child Safe, AND
  • To Help the Family.

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THE DIVISION OF FAMILY SERVICES
  • Receives reports for all children in the State
    of
  • Delaware that have been abused or neglected.
  • Then DFS will do one of three things
  • 1. Accept the report and investigate the
    allegations or
  • conduct a family assessment or
  • 2. Refer the report to law enforcement for
    investigation
  • or
  • 3. Document the report, but not investigate the
  • allegations.

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NEW DFS RESPONSE TIMES
  • Investigation Response Times
  • Priority One Within 24 hours
  • Priority Two Within 72 hours
  • Priority Three Within 10 days

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MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) BETWEEN DOE AND
DSCYF
The entire MOU can be found at http//www.doe.k12
.de.us/DDOEDSCYFMOU.pdf
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OVERVIEW OF THE MOU
  • Ensures Compliance with 14 DE Code 4123, which
    requires full-time teachers to receive 1 hour of
    training every year in the detection and
    reporting of child abuse
  • Establishes Each Disciplines Roles and
    Responsibilities in the Reporting and
    Investigation of Child Abuse
  • Enhances Case Collaboration and Information
    Sharing
  • Delineates McKinney- Vento Protections
  • Establishes a Protocol for Transition to/from
    DSCYF to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and
    Charter Schools and
  • Addresses Confidentiality and Dispute Resolution.

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ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES CHILD ABUSE REPORTING
  • Local Education Agencies/Charter Schools shall
  • Report suspicion of abuse or neglect
  • Make a new report each time abuse or neglect is
    suspected
  • School employee who spoke to or observed the
    child shall make the call to the report line.
  • Fax or mail the Mandatory Reporting Form to DFS
    within 72 hours for documentation.

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ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES CHILD ABUSE
INVESTIGATION
  • Division of Family Services will respond as
    follows for reports initiated by the
    school
  • Never release the source of the report
  • Decide whether or not to initiate the
    investigation on-site at the school
  • Contact the school about the expected response
    time
  • Report to the schools main office and provide
    ID, if a school response is warranted
  • Contact law enforcement for reports that would
    constitute a criminal violence against a child
    and may request a police response at the school
    or for the police to transport the child to the
    hospital

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ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES CHILD ABUSE
INVESTIGATION(CONT)
  • Division of Family Services will respond as
    follows for reports initiated by the
    school
  • Discuss the interview process with the reporter
    and conditions under which school personnel could
    be present
  • Interview the child
  • Observe and photograph a childs physical
    injuries in the school environment
  • Never conduct a physical assessment of a child
    alleging sexual abuse
  • Never transport a child without legal custody,
    temporary emergency protective custody or a
    signed parental/legal guardians consent

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ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES CHILD ABUSE
INVESTIGATION(CONT)
  • Division of Family Services will respond as
    follows for reports initiated by the
    school
  • Authorized to take Temporary Emergency Protective
    Custody of a child from a school, day care
    facility, or child care facility and
  • Permitted to inform the reporter about the
    following
  • - DFS responded, the child is safe or the child
    was placed
  • - Who is allowed to have contact with child
  • - Explain if there is something school should be
    doing
  • - Who school should call if something else
    happens and
  • - When the childs placement changes if the child
    was placed out of home.

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ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES CHILD ABUSE
INVESTIGATION(CONT)
  • Division of Family Services will respond as
    follows for reports initiated by other
    sources
  • Decide whether or not to initiate the
    investigation at the school
  • Attempt to contact the school about the expected
    response time
  • Report to the main office and provide ID if a
    school response is warranted
  • May request that the school nurse assist with the
    physical assessment of the child, but will not
    request the nurse to complete the physical
    assessment prior to the DFS response and
  • Wellness Center reports will be handled as
    external reports, but the school may be contacted
    to obtain information.

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MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESPONSETO REPORTS
  • DFS and/or law enforcement will conduct an
    investigation for any report that involves an
    offense against a child.
  • The Department of Justice (DOJ) will decide if
    there is enough evidence to prosecute criminally
    or civilly.
  • Whenever appropriate, cases will also be referred
    to the Childrens Advocacy Center (CAC) for a
    forensic interview, medical exam and/or mental
    health screening.

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HOW CAN INFORMATION BE SHARED?
  • In general, DFS will share information only when
    there is a signed release of information
    (informed, time limited consent).
  • DFS, law enforcement, the CAC, and the DOJ
    exchange information on families and children
    when this information is needed to assist an
    investigation involving a shared client.

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CASE COLLABORATION AND INFORMATION SHARING
  • For Active DFS Investigations
  • Verbal or written consent of a parent/legal
    guardian or relative caregiver is not required
    for DFS to investigate allegations of abuse,
    neglect or dependency or to interview a child.
  • Information sharing is encouraged once the
    investigation has begun.
  • No identified DFS caseworker ? Contact the Report
    Line and leave name and number
  • Identified DFS caseworker ? Contact the
    caseworker directly

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CASE COLLABORATION AND INFORMATION SHARING (CONT)
  • For Active DFS Treatment Cases
  • Information can be exchanged with a consent.
  • No identified DFS caseworker ? Contact the Report
    Line and leave name and number
  • Identified DFS caseworker ? Contact the
    caseworker directly
  • DFS caseworker will contact the school
    periodically to assess the childs educational
    status
  • For more information about the DFS
    Investigation and Treatment process, please
    review the DFS Primer http//kids.delaware.gov/p
    dfs/DFSPrimer.pdf

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CONFIDENTIALITY
  • DSCYF and each LEA/Charter School will comply
    with the relevant laws and regulations that
    govern confidentiality.
  • DSCYF and each LEA/Charter School will provide
    information to each other which is not
    specifically protected in order to ensure the
    successful support of children and families.
  • DSCYF and each LEA/Charter School will make
    concerted efforts to ensure that
    parents/guardians understand the importance of
    sharing information for the success of their
    child.
  • Laws related to Confidentiality
  • Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment ACT (CAPTA)
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
    (FERPA).
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability
    Act (HIPAA)

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A STUDENT ENTERS FOSTER CARE?
In Delaware, all children in foster care are
eligible for the protections and provisions under
the McKinney- Vento Homeless Assistance Act .
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MCKINNEY-VENTO PROTECTIONS
  • Local Education Agencies/Charter Schools shall
  • Ensure that children in foster care placement are
    provided the benefits of the McKinney-Vento Act
    for homeless children.
  • Provide transportation to the foster childs
    school of origin when in the childs best
    interest.
  • Use the Determining Feasibility of School
  • Placement Form

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MCKINNEY-VENTO PROTECTIONS(CONT)
  • Department of Services for Children, Youth, and
    Their
  • Families (DSCYF) shall
  • Enroll a child in foster care in school
    immediately after a decision in a Best Interest
    Meeting.
  • Request a meeting with the school when there is a
    change in foster care placement.
  • Provide/arrange transportation until LEA
    transportation to school of origin is
    established.
  • Provide necessary information and documents.
  • Request an Educational Surrogate Parent if
    appropriate.
  • Attend an end of year Best Interest Meeting in
    May/June.

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MCKINNEY-VENTO PROTECTIONS (CONT)
  • Local Education Agencies/Charter Schools shall
  • Enroll a child in foster care in the new school
    within 2 school days of referral (after a Best
    Interest Meeting) even if DSCYF is unable to
    produce records.
  • Transfer of records promptly.
  • Ensure that sending school fully transfers
    credits, including partial credits.

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MCKINNEY-VENTO PROTECTIONS (CONT)
  • Local Education Agencies/Charter Schools shall
  • Accept DSCYF letterhead as proof of residency.
  • Accept registration materials from DSCYF case
    workers via fax or electronically and schedule a
    meeting or teleconference with DSCYF.
  • Host meetings with necessary parties as needed.
  • Host the Best Interest Meeting in May/June.

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WHAT IF A STUDENT TRANSITIONS TO A DSCYF SCHOOL
PROGRAM?
DOE and DSCYF have developed a protocol to
ensure that children successfully transition
to/from DSCYF school programs including licensed
or contracted providers..
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TRANSITION TO/FROM DSCYF TO LEAS AND CHARTER
SCHOOLS
  • The protocol establishes the following
  • Specific timeframes for meetings
  • Purposes of each meeting
  • Necessary participants
  • Actions to be taken
  • Information to be shared
  • Protocol for Transition to/from DSCYF
    Programs to LEA or Charter
    Schools

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TRANSITION TO/FROM DSCYF TO LEAS AND CHARTER
SCHOOLS (CONT)
  • Four timeframes for Transition Meetings are
    identified
  • Before Admission to DSCYF School Programs
  • Consents signed
  • School information shared ASAP, but no later than
    3 school days
  • Notify District of Admission Date into program
    and date of initial meeting
  • Initial Educational Planning Meeting
  • No later than 30 days after admission
  • Submit Completed Educational Intake/Update
    (EIU) Form and educational records
  • Schedule future Educational Planning Review
    Meetings

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TRANSITION TO/FROM DSCYF TO LEAS AND CHARTER
SCHOOLS (CONT)
  • - Educational Planning Reviews
  • DSCYF notifies school representative of dates
  • Update EIU for each review
  • Include face to face contacts with school
    representative
  • Approximate discharge projections conveyed to
    school personnel
  • Discharge Planning from DSCYF School Programs
  • No less than 2 weeks before discharge
  • Identify services that need to be provided by
    receiving school as soon as possible
  • Evaluate for special education services, or IEP
    needs to be changed

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WHAT HAPPENS IF REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE TWO
DEPARTMENTS CANNOT AGREE?
  • All attempts should be made to resolve disputes
    at the LEA/Charter School level with the District
    Liaison and appropriate DSCYF liaison.
  • When disputes cannot be resolved, they shall be
    referred, in writing, to the Secretary of
    Education who may appoint a designee and the
    appropriate DSCYF Administrator as follows
  • DPBHS Director of Clinical Services
  • DFS Administrator of the Office of Childrens
    Services
  • DYRS DMSS Supervisor of Educational Services

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CHILD WELFARE TRAININGS AND RESOURCES
  • Guidelines for Responding to Teen Dating and
    Sexual Violence in
    Delaware Schools
  • To obtain a copy of the guidelines
    courts.delaware.gov/childadvocate/cpac_teenreporti
    ng.stm
  • For more information, please contact the Domestic
    Violence Coordinating Council (DVCC) at
    302-255-0405.
  • Darkness to Lights Stewards of Children
  • For more information www.stewardsofchildrendelawa
    re.org
  • Onsite Training Please contact Nikki Mowbray by
    email at mowbray_at_ymcade.org or call 302-
    472-YMCA ext. 25.
  • Online Training Available at darkness2light.org.
  • School-Based Personal Safety Programs for
    Children
  • For more information www.pcadelaware.org/programs
    /
  • Onsite Training Please contact Prevent Child
    Abuse Delaware at
  • 302-425-7490.

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