Department of Health and Family Services
Division of Children and Family Services

            DCFS Memo Series 2006 - 09
            May 1, 2006
            Re:  Child Protective Services
                   Safety Intervention Standards

         (Supersedes, in part, DCFS-202-08, 
         DCFS- 2000-02, and DCFS-94-17)

To: Area Administrators/Human Services Area Coordinators
Bureau Directors
County Departments of Community Programs Directors
County Departments of Developmental Disabilities Services Directors
County Departments of Human Services Directors
County Departments of Social Services Directors
Licensing Chiefs/Section Chiefs
Tribal Chairpersons/Human Services Facilitators
From: Burnie Bridge

 As you are aware, Wisconsin's Program Enhancement Plan (PEP), developed in response to the federal Child and Family Services Review, includes an action step related to Child Protective Services (CPS) Safety Intervention Standards. These Standards guide safety intervention by outlining procedures and responsibilities from the point of CPS initial assessment through case closure. The document also provides information in appendices to the Standard to support safety intervention throughout the CPS case process.

These Standards supersede all procedures and requirements related to Safety Intervention described in Memo Series DCFS 2002-08, "Ongoing Standards and Guidelines for Child Protective Services", and DCFS Memo Series DCFS- 2000-02 and DCFS-94-17 which are the Child Protective Services Investigation Standards published in 1994 and revised in 2000 (Maltreatment by Parent Standard).

Technical assistance will be provided to counties through roundtable discussions at regional CPS supervisors meetings and training will be provided by through the Child Welfare Training Partnerships.

This new policy and related changes in eWiSACWIS will become effective 
July 17, 2006.

CENTRAL OFFICE CONTACTS: Connie Klick, Section Manager
Child Welfare & Family Violence Programs
P.O. Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708-8916
Phone: 608-266-1489
Amy Smith
Child Protective Services Specialist
P.O. Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708-8916
Phone: 608-267-7732

Child Protective Services Safety Intervention Standards  (PDF, 167 kb)

cc: County CPS Supervisors
Tribal Child Welfare Contacts


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