National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts: Site Visits Report . Improvements in Working with the Schools

05/01/2003

CPS staff reported overall improvements when working with schools and sharing information. The schools designated their social workers as contacts for DFCS, which facilitates the investigations. The new protocol specifically addresses information sharing as currently defined in State policy. CPS staff caseworkers also work with the schools in a State-mandated curriculum for school-age children. The program, Red Flag/Green Flag, discusses child abuse. The caseworkers attend the session during which "good touches/bad touches" are described, so that they can answer questions for the children and can talk to children who have indicated "bad touches." The presence of the caseworkers in the schools during this time also increased the familiarity of the teachers and the social workers with CPS staff, which has facilitated communication during investigations.

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