Actions DCF takes when child abuse or neglect is reported
Massachusetts Department of Children and Family (DCF)
Provides the type of information DCF screeners collect for reports of suspected child abuse or neglect; the screening process for determining whether the allegation meets the criteria of suspected abuse or neglect; and whether there is immediate danger to the safety of a child, response timelines, and possible response outcomes.
Child Abuse and Neglect Screening and Response Time Assessment Policy and Procedures Manual (PDF - 218 KB)
Indiana Department of Child Services
Provides information on the preliminary screening of a report of suspected child maltreatment, screening criteria by maltreatment type, the process for screening in or out a report, and response time decision-making. The Child Abuse and Neglect Screening and Response Time Assessment is provided at the beginning of the document.
Child Welfare Screening in Wisconsin: An Analysis of Families Screened Out of Child Protective Services and Subsequently Screened In (PDF - 715 KB)
Dumas, Elzinga-Marshall, Monahan, van Buren, & Will (2015)
Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Presents the findings of a study that analyzed the characteristics of families screened out of child protective services and subsequently screened into child protective services in Wisconsin. The study concludes with recommendations for policy and practice improvements.
Denver County Child Welfare/Colorado State University Intake Evaluation Report (PDF - 1,229 KB)
Denver Department of Human Services (2016)
Presents the findings of a study that analyzed screenings for reports of child maltreatment, referral assignments, actions taken by staff based on referrals, initial response times, and timeliness for assessment closure. Recommendations are offered to enhance intake and organizational practices based on the findings from the evaluation and the best practice review.
Minnesota Child Maltreatment Intake, Screening and Response Path Guidelines (PDF - 833 KB)
Minnesota Department of Human Services (2016)
Provides information on the intake, screening, and response process. The guidelines include types of information that the screening team must consider when screening in or out a report, such as the credibility of a report, risk of harm, child vulnerability, and prenatal exposure to alcohol or other drugs.