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ICPM Casework Pathways
ICPM: Key Features
Extended timeframes for Screening and Investigations to allow greater opportunity to gather information from collaterals and determine how best to target DCF resources.
Differential Response to enable DCF to respond to allegations of child abuse and/or neglect based on the unique circumstances of a case and the individual needs/strengths of a family. This includes two tracks: Investigation or Assessment, depending on the severity of the allegation.
3. Use of new research based assessment and planning tools to support consistent clinical practice in assessing danger, safety and risk, and to focus on what families need to keep children safe.
4. Enhanced family and community engagement to provide opportunities for children, families and their support systems to be actively engaged and empowered in decision-making.
What happens when DCF receives a Report of Abuse and/or Neglect (“51A)?
1. The report is screened to determine if the allegation meets the criteria for suspected abuse and/or neglect, if there is immediate danger to the child, and whether DCF involvement is warranted.
Families may also be referred for appropriate community services, as needed.
2. If “screened-in,” the report is assigned for either a Child Protective Services (CPS) Investigation or Assessment Response (“51B).
3. A determination is made about whether the child can safely remain at home and whether the family would benefit from continued DCF involvement.
What is the difference between an Investigation and an Assessment?
DCF’s legal authority to investigate reports of abuse and/or neglect
Responsibility of Mandated Reporters
Respectful engagement of families
“We are following well established state and national trends in moving away from a one size fits all approach to child welfare. Our newModel allows us tofocus on the unique needs and strengths of each family, while targeting our resources in the most effective way to keep kids safe andfamilies together.”