Establishment and Maintenance of Central Registries for Child Abuse or Neglect Reports - Washington

Date: May 2018

Establishment

Citation: Rev. Code § 26.44.030(17)(a)

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families shall maintain a child abuse and neglect database.

Purpose

Citation: Rev. Code § 26.44.030(17)(a)

The database shall contain investigation records.

Contents

Citation: Rev. Code § 26.44.030(17)(a)

The department shall maintain investigation records and shall maintain a log of screened-out nonabusive cases.

Maintenance

Citation: Rev. Code §§ 26.44.030(17)(a); 26.44.031

The department shall conduct timely and periodic reviews of all founded cases of abuse and neglect.

An unfounded or inconclusive report shall be maintained no longer than 6 years after completion of the investigation, unless a prior or subsequent founded report has been received regarding the child who is the subject of the report; a sibling or half-sibling of the child; or a parent, guardian, or legal custodian of the child.

The department may keep records concerning founded reports of child abuse or neglect as the department determines by rule.