CHILD PROTECTIVE INVESTIGATIONS
Medical Examination of a Child
||A medical examination shall be sought for
children who are in the conditions listed below.
Each child who is assessed as being in
imminent danger shall receive an examination as soon as possible, but no later than
twenty-four (24) hours after receipt of the report.
Each child who is not in imminent danger shall receive a medical examination as soon as
possible, but no later than five (5) days after the initiation of the investigation.
||Imminent danger is
a situation in which failure to intervene immediately could result in the death of, or
serious injury to, a child.
|Conditions Requiring a Medical Examination
||Conditions requiring a medical examination of a
- observable injuries, including bruises or scratches which are unexplained, at variance
with the explanation given, or otherwise suspicious
- speech or behavior which suggests the possibility of internal injuries or the need for
- development (e.g., weight, height) which is inconsistent with the expected range for the
- a report of the ingestion of any harmful substance
- a report or indications of sexual molestation
- other conditions which suggest the need for a medical evaluation.
Note: All of the above conditions require an assessment and a
determination regarding the time frame for the medical examination.
Social work staff shall consult with supervisory staff and health providers to make
|Permission for a Medical Examination
||The investigator shall seek permission for a
medical examination of a child as follows:
||Permission Granted By...
- voluntary consent from the parent or guardian, or if this is not possible, by
- other appropriate action, including but not limited to,
- a 96-hour hold
- an Order of Temporary Custody
- medical providers conducting a medical examination under the provisions of CONN. GEN.
"Immediate Removal/96-Hour Hold: Procedures"
|Not Imminent Danger
- voluntary consent from the parent or guardian, or if the parent or guardian is unwilling
to provide consent,
- the Social Worker shall review the situation with his/her supervisor to determine the
appropriate action or intervention.
|Scheduling an Examination
||The assigned investigator shall ensure that a medical
examination is scheduled.
|Choosing a Physician for a Medical Examination
||Whenever possible, the investigator shall endeavor to
schedule a medical examination with the child's pediatrician or regular source of medical
If such a provider is not available, an examination shall be immediately scheduled
from a list of providers approved by the Commissioner.
of Children and Families
Effective Date: July 15, 1999 (Revised)
||The investigator shall provide the physician with the
"Medical Request for Information" (DCF-2147) and obtain documentation of the
medical findings, including photographs of the area of trauma taken or caused to be taken
by the physician.