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Appendix 2414: "Seriousness" Indicators for Thorough Investigations

CPS September 2002

The following situations indicate that the case may be serious and may require a thorough investigation (that is, it is inappropriate to abbreviate the investigation or close it administratively for programmatic reasons without supervisor approval).

Note: Just one indicator is sufficient to consider a case serious and indicate that a thorough investigation may be needed.

  ·  Reporter. The reporter is a law-enforcement official in his official capacity; 

  ·  Alleged perpetrator. The alleged perpetrator is a school personnel or volunteer, DFPS staff person or volunteer, or foster/adoptive parent;

  ·  Child vulnerability. Any child in the home is alleged to be age five or younger, significantly developmentally delayed, or otherwise especially vulnerable;

  ·  Prior history. The family has a prior history in which children were:

  ·  seriously abused or neglected, or

  ·  at serious risk of future abuse or neglect;

  ·  Outcome — The case is highly likely to lead to, or has led to, law-enforcement involvement or the removal of a child;

  ·  Allegations — The allegations of abuse or neglect are severe, including (but not limited to) situations in which the child is alleged to:

  ·  be born addicted/exposed to alcohol or drugs, or was given alcohol or drugs/medications that were not prescribed;

  ·  be in life-threatening living arrangements;

  ·  have been sexually abused;

  ·  have a physical injury from neglect;

  ·  have a serious injury (such as head injury, fractured or broken bones, burns, or scalding);

  ·  have multiple injuries; or

  ·  have been hospitalized as a result of the current allegations.

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