New Rule: Some Child Welfare Cases Won’t Be Investigated

| August 31, 2015

Arizona Public Media:

A proposal to improve the state’s child welfare efforts would loosen the rules on investigating reports of child abuse that are made to a hotline.

The Arizona Republic reported Monday that under the proposed rule, child welfare workers may not have to see every child who is named in such abuse reports. It would mark a reversal from the current standard, which requires interviews.

Arizona overhauled its child welfare system last year after the overburdened system failed to investigate more than 6,600 reports of abuse and neglect phoned in to a state hotline.

Department of Child Safety Director Greg McKay, who is pushing the change, was a staff member in the department nearly two years ago when he brought to public attention the problem of uninvestigated cases.

The proposed rules guiding investigations are open for public comment until Sept. 15.

Doug Nick, a spokesman for the department, said there is no intent to do what would amount to an in-office review where no one checks out a child’s condition.

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