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Investigation Process

• Children's Protective Services Investigation Process Overview of the investigation process for allegations of abuse and neglect of children under the age of 18.

Investigation Results

• Disposition and Structured Decision Making The Child Protection Law requires DHS to use structured decision making (SDM) tools to determine safety of children, risk of future harm to a child, and the needs of the family. SDM promotes consistent, reliable, valid decisions from worker to worker and office to office.

• Central Registry After the investigation, certain individuals are placed on the Central Registry. Learn more about the registry and request clearance.

Protective Services Quick Links
 •  Child Protection Law
 •  Forensic Interviewing Protocol - DHS Pub-779
 •  A Model Child Abuse Protocol - DHS Pub-794
 •  Report of Actual or Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect - DHS-3200
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