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

Date: February 2021

Cross-Reporting Between Child Protective Services and Law Enforcement

Citation: Gen. Laws §§ 40-11-7(f); 40-11-9

In the event that after investigation, the Department of Children, Youth, and Families has reasonable cause to know or suspect that a child has been subjected to criminal abuse or neglect, the department shall forward immediately any information as it relates to that knowledge or suspicion to the law enforcement agency.

Upon receipt of a report concerning the alleged abuse or neglect of a child, it shall be the duty of the law enforcement agency to investigate further and to report the results of the investigation to the department and/or family court. However, if there is reasonable cause to believe that a crime has been committed, the law enforcement agency shall report the result of the investigation to the department of the attorney general.

Other Reporting Requirements

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