National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts. Findings on Local CPS Practices. Chapter 5. Collaboration with Other Agencies


This chapter examines the role of law enforcement and other agencies in CPS work. The analyses show the degree to which law enforcement and other agencies perform different CPS functions and how their involvement varies with type of maltreatment and type of perpetrator.

The analyses demonstrated that few CPS agencies had lead responsibility across all types of maltreatment for the investigation and alternative response functions. Other agencies, most notably law enforcement, have important roles in working with CPS agencies on the different functions. The specific circumstances of the maltreatment allegations and the type of perpetrator shaped the degree to which CPS agencies shared responsibility with other agencies. For the screening and investigation functions, it was fairly common for CPS agencies to share lead responsibility for the more serious types of maltreatment, especially with law enforcement agencies.