Law enforcement may be involved in certain types of child abuse and neglect investigations, such as sexual abuse, severe physical abuse or neglect, or child deaths. Find resources and training materials to support collaboration between law enforcement and child welfare agencies. Resources include State and local examples.
Child Abuse and Neglect in the Home
Center for Problem-Oriented Policing
Presents a guide written for police who must address incidents of child abuse and neglect in the home. The guide includes a series of questions to analyze child maltreatment in the community and reviews evaluative research and practice regarding police response.
Comparing Child Protective Investigation Performance Between Law Enforcement Agencies and Child Welfare Agencies
Jordan, Yampolskaya, Gustafson, Armstrong, McNeish, & Vargo
Child Welfare, 90(2), 2011
Examines the comparative effectiveness of using law enforcement agencies for child protective investigation (CPI) in contrast with the traditional approach of CPI conducted by the public child welfare agency. The study uses the 2006–2007 data from a natural experiment conducted in Florida to show modest differences in performance and cost-efficiency between the two approaches to CPI.
The Investigative Windows of Opportunity: The Vital Link to Corroboration in Child Sexual Abuse Cases (PDF - 485 KB)
Center Piece, 1(9), 2009
Discusses the importance of the investigative window of opportunity in child abuse cases—the optimal time to conduct investigative tasks for the purpose of gleaning the most detailed information—and emphasizes the need for a coordinated response of law enforcement and child protective services.
Speak Up Be Safe: Building Effective Alliances With Child Protective Services (CPS) and Law Enforcement (PDF - 97 KB)
Discusses the effectiveness of collaboration between schools, child protective services, and law enforcement in building effective working alliances and describes steps schools can take to collaborate with child protective services and law enforcement.
Vital Partners: Mayors and Police Chiefs Working Together for America's Children and Youth (PDF - 505 KB)
National League of Cities, Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (2006)
Highlights partnerships among mayors and law enforcement leaders in seven cities that promote the safety and well-being of children and youth.
Child Abuse Law Enforcement Notification Policy Guide 2012.02 (PDF - 65 KB)
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (2012)
Provides a standardized process for notifying and engaging law enforcement in child abuse and neglect investigations.
A Statewide Law Enforcement Protocol: Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (PDF - 1,290 KB)
California Attorney General's Office, Crime and Violence Prevention Center, Safe From the Start Initiative (2007)
Provides a tool to enhance law enforcement's awareness of the dangers to children exposed to domestic violence in California and to assist in establishing a department's response to better protect these at-risk children.