When a report of possible child abuse or neglect is received, the initial response often involves an investigation. Investigations may be conducted by child protective services staff, the police, or a multidisciplinary team. The purpose of the investigation is to determine if a child has been harmed or is at risk of harm (a disposition), reduce the risk and increase the safety of the child, and determine the need for services to support the family.
- Multidisciplinary teams
- Role of law enforcement
- Medical responses
- Decision-making in investigations
- Recurrence of child maltreatment
- Related resources