|STATE OF WISCONSIN
Department of Health and Family Services
Division of Children and Family Services
Memo Series DCFS 2000-02
January 26, 2000
Re: CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICE
MALTREATMENT BY PARENTS
||Area Administrators/Assistant Area Administrators
County Child Protective Services Supervisors
County Departments of Community Program Directors
County Departments of Developmental Disabilities
County Departments of Human Services Directors
County Departments of Social Services Directors
Direct Services Supervisors
Licensing Chiefs/Section Chiefs
Tribal Chairpersons/Human Services Facilitators
||Susan N. Dreyfus
On August 5, 1994, the Child Protective Service Investigation Standards were
issued. These standards describe the requirements for conducting investigations of alleged
maltreatment and vary according to whether the maltreatment is alleged to have been
committed by primary caregivers, secondary caregivers or non-caregivers. In the section
addressing primary caregivers, separate standards are in place for Maltreatment By
Parents, Maltreatment By Close Relatives And Those Sharing The Childs Dwelling,
Maltreatment By Foster Parents, and Maltreatment By Individuals Who Share A Foster Home.
The attachment to this memo is the revised Standard for Maltreatment By Parents. It
replaces the section, Maltreatment By Parents, pp. 9-12, issued in the Child Protective
Service Investigation Standards in 1994. It also affects the requirements for
Maltreatment By Close Relatives And Those Sharing The Childs Dwelling, as
investigations in this category are required to follow the Standard for Maltreatment By
The primary changes in the Maltreatment By Parents Standard are as follows:
- Standards regarding assessing and responding to safety have been added. These standards
are consistent with those presented in the training on child safety provided to county
child welfare staff throughout the state.
- Some requirements in the standard issued in 1994 have been restated, to assure that they
are not misunderstood. A recent review of county agency adherence to this Standard
revealed misunderstanding of a number of requirements, such as time frames, when safety
and risk assessment are required, and what information must be gathered and documented in
- Definition of "parents", for purposes of determining when the Standard
applies, has been expanded.
- Addition of a section on definitions.
- Expanded discussion on risk assessment.
- Expanded discussion of state and federal requirements concerning Indian children.
- Expanded discussion on collaboration.
- Expanded discussion on practice considerations and instances where deviation from the
Standard is allowed.
The new Standard goes into effect on February 1, 2000.
|REGIONAL OFFICE CONTACT:
|CENTRAL OFFICE CONTACT:
Child Protective Services Specialist
1 West Wilson Street
P.O. Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708-8916
Standard for Maltreatment by Parents