The Emergency Response Social Worker has:
A Master's Degree. Some are Licensed Clinical Social Workers (L.C.S.W.) or Marriage and Family Therapist (M.F.T.)
Ongoing special training and experience in assessment and intervention techniques.
The investigation Social Worker, often jointly with law enforcement, interviews the children, parents, and may also contact others who have knowledge of the circumstances.
The Social Worker (and Law Enforcement, if present) decide to:
Close the case, with referrals to community services
Offer in-home Family Maintenance or
Take the children into temporary custody for their safety and file a Petition with the Juvenile Court requesting the children be made dependents of the Court.
A court Petition is sustained only if the Social Worker provides a preponderance of evidence of one of the following Sections of Welfare and Institutions Code 300:
- physical abuse,
- inability (mental illness, developmental disability, substance abuse), or willful or negligent failure to supervise,
- serious emotional damage,
- sexual abuse,
- severe physical abuse to a child under 5,
- parent convicted of causing death of another child,
- left without provisions of support (abandonment),
- minor freed for adoption,
- acts of cruelty, or
- prior abuse of siblings.
If the petition is not sustained, the case is closed.
Once the petition is sustained and the Court orders a Case Plan, the case is transferred to Family Reunification (children are removed from home) or Family Maintenance (children are court dependents left in the home, with close monitoring by the Juvenile Court and social work staff.)
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Child Protective Services
Professionals, who in the course of their work, come in contact with families and children (medical practitioners, non-medical practitioners, daycare providers, probation officers, social workers, etc.) MUST report to a "child protective agency" (Police, Sheriff, Probation, Child & Family Services). All other citizens MAYreport. (Penal Code Section 111165):
- physical abuse
- sexual abuse
- severe or general neglect
- willful cruelty or unjustifiable punishment
- unjustifiable mental suffering
- any of the above in out-of-home care
A phone report must be made immediately upon suspicion or knowledge. A written report is required within 36 hours.
Reporting forms can be requested by calling the C.P.S. 24-hour phone line at:
209-558-3665 or 1-800-558-3665
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