§2 ch4: Investigation Response
4.3.2 DYS/DMH Employee
When alleged perpetrator is a DYS or DMH employee:
Contact appropriate law enforcement agency in order to begin co-investigation if report alleges sexual abuse or other severe abuse/neglect.
- If law enforcement official is available, arrange pre-interview conference to discuss complaint and plans for investigation.
- If law enforcement official is not available or unable to conduct co-investigation, proceed with investigation as required. Law enforcement official may join investigation at any time during process.
Notify appropriate administrator of DYS or DMH facility of report and that an investigation is being conducted.
Notify CD office in county of jurisdiction, if child is in CD care and custody, at the time of the report and of the results of the investigation.
Request CD office in county of jurisdiction notify the juvenile court which committed the subject child.
Notify parents (of subject child) of report or that an investigation is being conducted.
Complete investigation jointly with all co-investigators to gather relevant data. Arrange post-investigation conference to review findings.
- Interview victim.
- Interview witness(es) named by victim.
- In group situations, where not all children are listed as victims, request a representative sample, i.e., 10%, to avoid interviewing a large number of children.
NOTE: Using judgment, the CA/N investigator may request that the DYS or DMH administrator select the children to be interviewed. However, the CA/N investigator may elect to select the children if the administrator is an alleged perpetrator or otherwise compromises the investigation.
Notify DYS or DMH Facility administrator of results.
Notify parents (of subject child) and alleged perpetrator of results of the investigation per the CS-21.
Chapter Memoranda History: (prior to 1/31/07)