||An investigation of a report of child abuse or
neglect continues the process of gathering facts and information already begun during the
The investigator must acquire and analyze information to determine
whether a child has been abused or neglected and is in need of protective services or
other services offered by the Department or the community.
||An investigation of child abuse, neglect or in
danger of abuse is a fact finding process to
- substantiate or not substantiate reported allegations of abuse, neglect, or in danger of
- assure the safety and well-being of children who have been abused or neglected
- begin the Departments relationship with a family by providing information about
the Departments mandate and the investigation process
- gather evidence in a responsible and professional manner within the law
- provide adequate information on substantiated reports in order to facilitate a complete
assessment by child protective service staff.
|Who Conducts Investigations?
||Investigations of child abuse, neglect or in
danger of abuse are conducted by the following DCF staff:
- child protective investigators located in the Departments regional offices
throughout the state who respond to reports of abuse and neglect when the regional offices
- child protective Hotline investigators who are on-call to respond to reports of
abuse and neglect when the regional offices are not open.
|Coordination with Law Enforcement
||The DCF investigator may request the assistance
of police, as needed,
- when there is a concern for the safety of the investigator
- to gain access to the child; e.g., to enter the home, for a 96-hour hold, or an Order of
Temporary Custody (OTC).
DCF shall always notify the police in cases of
- sexual abuse
- severe physical abuse
- severe neglect
- death of a child.
In these situations, efforts shall be made to conduct a joint investigation with the
- 33-6-18, "Notification to State or Local
- 34-6, "Entrance to Clients Home"
||The investigator shall utilize the
Departments computer system (LINK), including the Investigation Protocol (DCF-2074)
to guide and document the investigation activity.
||To complete an investigation, the investigator
must make a determination that the allegation is either substantiated or not substantiated
as child abuse or neglect.
Note: An allegation of "in danger of
abuse" must be substantiated or not substantiated as "abuse" or
||Reasonable cause to believe that child abuse or neglect has occurred.
||Lack of reasonable cause to believe that child abuse or neglect has