DFCS Online Policies & Procedures

  DFCS Online Policies & Procedures

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Handbook 1: Intake
1-2  DFCS Staff Reporting Responsibilities
Intake
1-2   DFCS Staff Reporting Responsibilities
Reference Points
DFCS Policy
Staff Responsibilities for Reporting Child Abuse or Neglect
New Allegations Uncovered During the Investigation of a Referral
Other References


Reference Points
Effective Date: 03/01/06
Last Updated: 12/19/05
 Legal Basis:
Popup Window Penal Code § 11165.7 - Child Abuse Reporting Act
 Non CWS/CMS Forms:
Bullet Suspected Child Abuse Report (SS 8572) - not online
 CWS/CMS Forms:
Bullet Referral Management Section


DFCS Policy  

Reports of child abuse,neglect or exploitation are to be made to the Child Abuse and Neglect Center (CANC). If an employee of the Department of Family and Children's Services observes, suspects or receives a report of abuse, neglect, exploitation or substantial risk of harm through sources other than the CANC, the employee shall immediately call the CANC to report the allegation(s), unless the new allegation(s) are uncovered by a social worker during the course of an investigation of an open referral. No supervisor or administrator may impede or inhibit the employee's reporting duties, nor shall any person be punished for making a report.  No employee is required to disclose to their employer that they have made a child abuse and neglect report.

Staff members may encourage people who disclose child abuse to them to call the CANC to report the allegations directly, but this encouragement does not preclude staff members from their duties as mandated reporters.

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Staff
Responsibilities
For Reporting Child Abuse/Neglect
 

Except in situations involving investigation of a referral, if a DFCS employee directly observes, receives a report of or otherwise suspects a new allegation of child abuse or neglect, the employee:

  • Immediately gathers identifying information regarding the:
    • Victims, parents and perpetrators.
    • Current location of the child.
    • Name, address and telephone number of the person who provided the employee with the information.
    • If the person who provided the employee with the information wishes to remain anonymous, the employee shall not report identifying information regarding the referent.

    Note: If the allegations are regarding children in out-of-home care, obtain information regarding the identities of the other children in the home.

  • Calls the CANC at 299-2071 immediately to report the allegations.
  • Completes a Suspected Child Abuse Report (SS-8572 -triplicate form).
  • Delivers or routes the SS-8572 within 36 hours of learning of the allegations to:
    • DFCS Child Abuse and Neglect Center

      373 W. Julian, 2nd, floor

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New Allegations Uncovered During the Investigation of a Referral  

If a SW uncovers a new allegation(s) in the course of investigating a referral, the SW:

  • Does not call in a new referral to the CANC. 
  • Adds the information regarding the new allegation(s) to to the CWS/CMS Investigative Narrative in the existing referral.
    • The added narrative information should detail the new allegation(s) and explain that the new allegation(s) was uncovered during the course of the investigation

  • Inputs the information regarding the allegation into the CWS/CMS Allegation Notebook in the existing referral.
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Other References  
bullet2 Reporting to the Department of Justice
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