Child Protection Teams provide confidential, multi-disciplinary consultation and recommendations to the Department on cases where there will not be an FTDM, and there is a risk of serious or imminent harm to a young child and when there is dispute if an out-of home placement is appropriate.
- Regional Administrators (RA), or their designee, must establish and maintain at least one Child Protection Team in each region.
- Child Protection Teams will include at least four selected professionals that provide services to abused and neglected children or their families.
- Child Protection Team recommendations are advisory to CA staff.
- Child Protection Teams participants may include:
- Law enforcement
- Physicians, and/or other medical professionals
- Mental health/substance abuse counselors
- Educators, CASA's, foster parents
- Domestic Violence advocates and/or experts
- DSHS staff with specific and complementary skills/knowledge to a CPT
- Other Mandated Reporters
- Professionals who play a significant role with the family
- Staff are required to submit a CPT Case Presentation Summary to the CPT Coordinator:
- In all child abuse or neglect investigation cases in which the assessment requires the Department to offer services, and a Family Team Decision Making (FTDM) meeting will not or cannot be held, and the child's age is six years or younger; and
- In all child abuse and neglect cases where serious professional disagreement exists regarding a risk of serious harm to the child and where there is a dispute over whether out-of-home placement is appropriate.
- When the Department chooses to bring a case to CPT believing that such a consultation may assist in improving outcomes for a particular child.
- CPT Coordinators must:
- Coordinate and manage CPT membership, recruitment, training, scheduling, record -keeping including CPT recommendations, reporting and communication for the CPT.
- Provide in writing the CPT staffing recommendations to the assigned worker and supervisor following the staffing.
- Maintain a tracking system to document activity for staffings and recommendations.
- Document the CPT in the Shared Planning section in FamLink per Shared Planning FamLink Manual.
- Child Protection Team Volunteer Handbook