§2 ch2: CANHU Protocol: Structured Decision Making (SDM) Screening Process, Response Priority and Track Assignment
Attachment B: Criteria for Priority Response Level (1) One
The following list includes examples of information received by the Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline Unit (CANHU) which would result in a CA/N investigation/family assessment response priority level one (1):
- All reports of physical abuse occurring at the time of the report.
- All reports of serious physical abuse with household children remaining in the home and in danger of immediate harm.
- Reports alleging sexual abuse in a licensed foster home with any child remaining in the household, including children not in Division custody.
- All reports of severe physical injury where maltreatment is suspected to have occurred; immediate medical and/or social service attention is indicated and where the child is unprotected.
- All reports of sexual abuse where the alleged perpetrator continues to have unsupervised access to the child, there is a reported physical injury as a result of sexual abuse, the child is, at the time of the report, experiencing severe emotional trauma.
- Reports alleging that, at the time of the report, children under the age of eight (8) are known to be left alone. In some instances when one child is over the age of eight, the report may be an emergency. Each situation must be evaluated carefully.
- Reports involving children who are, at the time of the report suffering from serious, untreated medical conditions which require immediate attention. This shall include all situations involving suspected or known instances of medical neglect of handicapped infants in hospitals and health care facilities. (These situations are referred to as "Baby Doe" cases).
- Reports alleging that parents/caretakers of children are, at the time of the report, or within the preceding 24 hours, behaving in a bizarre manner or acting under the influence of drugs or alcohol and that they could pose an immediate danger to the children.
- Reports that children have ingested or been given drugs or alcohol, at the time of the report or within the preceding 24 hours, and because of their age and other concerns may be at immediate risk.
- Reports alleging children are presently being threatened with a dangerous weapon by a parent/caretaker.
- Reports alleging bizarre punishment are, at the time of the report, being administered to a child (i.e., locking a child in closet, tying child to a bed).
- Reports alleging that children are suicidal and appear to be, at the time of the report, contemplating suicide because of abuse or neglect.
- Reports alleging children have, at the time of the report, been left unsupervised, their parents whereabouts are unknown and because of their age or other concerns may be in physical danger.
- Reports from hospitals stating that a child, who is presently in their facility, is being released, may be in physical danger, and the hospital is unwilling to take protective custody.
- All reports involving exposure where, at the time of the report, a child is experiencing exposure to extreme weather conditions (i.e., heat, cold).
- Report of death of a child where maltreatment is suspected and siblings remain in the home.
- Reports alleging that there is an active methamphetamine laboratory in a home that includes a child.
- Self-Referrals from parents who state they feel they will hurt or kill their child; request immediate removal of the child; or state they will immediately abandon their child. (If a parent is requesting immediate placement of child solely because the child is in need of mental health services that the parent cannot access or afford, a Preventive Service Referral is to be taken according to Voluntary Placement Agreement policy (VPA).)