Appendix 4623: Protocol for RCCL or CPS Investigations Involving Child-on-Child Victimization in Foster Care
CPS December 2016
RCCL notifies the CPS caseworker, supervisor, and program administrator (PA) of a referral requiring an investigation of a foster home and should indicate whether the referral involves allegations of child-on-child victimization. Follow this protocol when CPS is notified of an RCCL investigation:
1. The CPS caseworker must review the intake and contact the RCCL investigator to discuss time frames for RCCL making contact and to provide any history or collateral information.
2. The CPS caseworker must staff the case with the supervisor and program director (PD) and follows policy related to notifications to parents and legal parties. If the incident involves allegations of sexual contact, the case must be staffed with the PA to determine appropriate next steps.
3. The caseworker must maintain contact with the RCCL investigator to determine the safety of the child and to determine when RCCL’s interviews with the child and the caregiver will be completed.
4. Within two business days of RCCL completing the household member interviews, the caseworker must visit face-to-face with the child to assess the need for services to the child. In some circumstances RCCL will inform CPS that it can make contact with the child before the interviews with the household members (including the child and caregiver) are completed. The caseworker must document this communication with RCCL if such an exception is made.
5. If, after visiting the child, the caseworker believes that a placement change is necessary to ensure the child’s safety, the caseworker must staff the case with the supervisor, PD, and PA. If needed, staff should arrange a consultation with the division administrator of placement.
6. If the conservatorship (CVS) PA decides to remove the child from the foster home and there are other foster children in the home, the CVS PA must contact the CVS PA for the remaining children to discuss the safety of any other children in the placement.
7. Once the investigation is complete, the CPS caseworker must review the details of the investigation for any follow-up needed for the child and must file the investigation in the child’s record.
8. If the investigation involved child sexual aggression, follow procedures outlined in the Child Sexual Aggression Resource Guide.