CHILD PROTECTIVE Hotline
Central Registry -
Department of Children and Families shall maintain a Central Registry of
substantiated perpetrators of child abuse and/or neglect.
CONN. GEN. STAT. §17a-28 and §17a-101
REG. CONN. STATE
AGENCIES §17a-101-1 through §17a-101-10
The primary purpose of the Central Registry is
child protection through prevention and identification of abuse and/or
neglect of children.
Central Registry - Perpetrators/Perpetrators Registry consists of the names
· of those
persons who have been substantiated as perpetrators of child abuse and/or
in the Departments computer system (LINK).
following information is displayed in a perpetrator search of the LINK
name, gender, date of birth, race and address
the information is discloseable or not discloseable.
|Access to the Registry
to the Central Registry shall be limited to duly authorized Department
employees for purposes of obtaining information for the investigation of
child abuse and neglect, background checks, and other uses permitted by
employers or licensing authorities are permitted to request background
checks for any person, provided they submit a release signed by the
subject of the background check.
Connecticut Departments of Public Health and Social Services may request
background checks without signed releases pursuant to state statute.
Conn. Gen. Stat. §17a-28(f) and §17a101k(b).
|Information That May be
DCF Hotline shall disclose only the following information in response to a
request for a background check:
substantiated allegations of abuse or neglect, and
of the investigation(s).
Hotline may also refer the requestor to the regional office that conducted
the investigation for further information.
the requestor is the Department of Public Health or Social Services, the
regional office shall provide the investigation file, if requested.
|Information That May Not be
DCF Hotline shall not disclose
existence of an unsubstantiated allegation of abuse or neglect
substantiated allegation of abuse or neglect that has been appealed
pursuant to policy sections 34-15-1 or
22-12-2, if the appeal is pending, or
substantiated allegation of abuse or neglect, if the time frame for
requesting an appeal has not yet expired.
the case of a pending appeal, or a case in which the time frame for
requesting an appeal has not yet expired, the Hotline shall only disclose
that a matter is pending.
|Notification to Subject of
DCF Hotline shall instruct persons, agencies or other public or private
entities requesting a background check for licensing or employment
inform the subject of the background check that he/she is listed in the
Central Registry, as a perpetrator, and
the subject may be able to appeal the substantiation pursuant to policy
substantiated allegation of child abuse or neglect that has been appealed
and deferred because of a pending court matter shall not be disclosed
while the court matter is pending.
shall be the appellants responsibility to notify the Department that
the court matter is no longer pending and that the appellant would like to
proceed with the appeal.
the appellant does not notify the Department within three years of the
deferral of the case, the allegations shall appear on the Central Registry
Risk is a
status for reporting and report acceptance purposes only.
A report that is accepted as at risk must meet one of the
operational definitions of child abuse or neglect in order to be
substantiated. There cannot
be a substantiation of at risk.
risk substantiations that were confirmed before October, 1996 shall not be
disclosed by the Department in response to a request for a background
check unless a Program Director or designee, after review of the case,
determines that the facts of the case support a finding of neglect or
abuse under current operational definitions.
at risk substantiation confirmed after October, 1996 shall not be
Definitions, Policy 34-2-7, Conducting the Investigation,
is a descriptive category that applies to certain cases that meet the
criteria set forth in High Risk Newborn policy.
a child may be identified as a high-risk newborn, the childs parent
shall not be substantiated as a perpetrator unless he/she has committed an
act of child abuse or neglect as defined in the operational definitions.
Risk Newborns, Policy 34-12-2.
Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Effective Date: July 29, 2003 (New)