On August 5, 1994, the Child Protective Service Investigation Standards (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. Each section of the standards also addresses collaboration between the county agency or the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (BMCW) and other agencies.
Law enforcement agencies are the primary agencies with
which the county agency collaborates in responding to reports of child
maltreatment. Attached to this memo is a revision of the requirements in
all sections in the Investigation Standards regarding collaboration
with law enforcement.
The primary change to the Investigation Standards is a requirement that certain types of reports be referred to law enforcement by all county agencies and BMCW. This new standard becomes effective on receipt.
County agencies that already have an agreement in place with local law enforcement agencies that meets all of the requirements of the new standard need do nothing additional. Some county agencies may have an agreement that meets most, but not all of the requirements. In these cases, county agencies should meet with law enforcement agencies to develop an agreement on the remaining issues and revise the existing agreement accordingly.