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Investigating abuse Cases

Students will be expected to post their first initial discussion board posting by Friday of each week. Discussion posts will be graded and late submissions will be assigned a late penalty in accordance with the late penalty policy found in the syllabus. NOTE: All submission posting times are based on midnight Central Time.

Students are expected to post their responses to peers by Tuesday. NOTE: All submission posting times are based on midnight Central Time.

Since the after-school conference, Anne has missed 15 of the last 20 days of school. When she does attend, she is very quiet and tends to stay by herself. Anne also claims to be sick every time she has to go to gym class. The teacher has attempted to call her home to find out why Anne is missing so much school. On one occasion, Anne’s father answers the phone and curses at the teacher and hangs up. After this conversation, the teacher is very concerned about Anne’s safety and consults the principal. A decision is made to contact child protective services (CPS). You are the assigned investigator from CPS.

Draft a 3-4 paragraph memo outlining how you will begin your investigation. Be sure to include and discuss the following:

Which persons do you need to interview and why? Provide a minimum of three people you must interview.
What information would you expect to learn from each person you interview? Provide a minimum of two pieces of information you would expect to collect from these interviews.
What allegations do you feel could be present in this case? Provide a minimum of two.
When responding to your peers’ postings, consider whether you agree with the allegations they posed as possibilities. Are those the only allegations? What other people might they not have considered interviewing? What other information should be sought?
Analyze the problems involved in the investigation of child abuse cases.
Demonstrate the report writing and documentation skills needed in abuse and neglect cases.
Identify the family roles, responsibilities and rights in child abuse cases including the effects of ICWA.