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4200 CPS Intake Assessment Guidelines

SWI Policy and Procedures June 2009

Each report is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

The guidelines are to be used with professional judgment. It is essential to consult the legal definitions, assess situational factors and history, and solidly document the rationale in IMPACT, in the Narrative and Conclusion summary.

On the Intake Procedures intranet page, see:

CPS Intake Guidelines

CPS Quick Reference

4210 Determining Physical Abuse in CPS Reports

SWI Policy and Procedures July 2015

Physical Injury

Physical injury is characterized as:

  •  injury that results in substantial harm to the child;

  •  the genuine threat of substantial harm from physical injury to the child; or

  •  an injury that does not match the history or explanation given.

Physical injury does not include:

  •  an accident; or

  •  reasonable discipline by a parent or caregiver that does not expose the child to a substantial risk of harm.

Texas Family Code §261.001(1)(C)

Failure to Protect

Failure to protect is characterized as a failure to make a reasonable effort to prevent an action by another person that results in physical injury that causes substantial harm to the child.

Texas Family Code §261.001(D)

Controlled Substances

Controlled substances are defined in the Health and Safety Code, Chapter 481.

The intake specialist uses a PHAB allegation when:

  •   a child is physically injured because a person uses a controlled substance; or

  •  a child is permitted or encouraged to use a controlled substance.

Texas Family Code §261.001(I), (J)

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