Cross-Reporting Among Agencies That Respond to Child Abuse and Neglect - Hawaii

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Cross-Reporting Between Child Protective Services and Law Enforcement

Citation: Rev. Stat. §§ 350-1.1; 350-2

Mandatory reporters who, in their professional or official capacity, have reason to believe that child abuse or neglect has occurred or that there exists a substantial risk that child abuse or neglect may occur in the reasonably foreseeable future, shall immediately report the matter orally to the Department of Human Services (DHS) or to the police department.

If a police department or the Department of Public Safety is the initiating agency, a written report shall be filed with DHS for cases that the police or the Department of Public Safety takes further action on.

DHS shall inform the appropriate police department of all reports received by DHS regarding a case of child abuse or neglect. DHS shall inform the appropriate police department or office of the prosecuting attorney of the relevant information concerning a case of child abuse or neglect when the information is required by the police department or the office of the prosecuting attorney for the investigation or prosecution of that case.

Other Reporting Requirements

This issue is not addressed in the statutes and regulations reviewed.