4089 On Premise Law Enforcement and DCFS Investigation

The ultimate goal concerning Inter-Agency cooperation is ensuring a safe environment for all children in the Piute County School District (PCSD).  PCSD recognizes that each agency’s interpretation as to their role as a child advocate will be the final decision in matters of a child’s protection.  The following PCSD guidelines will help ensure a smooth, cooperative relationship while working with inter-agency investigations.

  1. Any agency interviewing a PCSD student must use a PCSD On-Premise Interview (OPI) form.

  2. All interview requests must be made directly to the Principal or his/her designee.

  3. All OIF forms must be held in the strictest confidentiality using a folder and placed in a secure area.

  4. All interviews relating to incidents occurring outside the school system should be conducted outside regular school hours.

  5. If there is suspicion of abuse or neglect by a family member, the investigating agency may interview the child at school.

  6. A student may be removed from the school only by the parent, a warrant, the Principal acting “in loco parentis” or if the child is considered to be “in imminent risk” of harm.

 

Law Enforcement (Local, State, Federal)

Victim (no age restrictions)

A victim will be interviewed at school only if they are involved with a school related investigation or a suspended child abuse case.  Complete OIF.

 

Witness:

Age 15 and under:  The officer will have already notified parents of a pending interview.  The Principal will contact the parents at his/her earliest convenience to notify them that an interview will or has take(n) place.  Complete OIF.

 

Age 16 and up:  The Principal will contact the parents at his/her earliest convenience to notify them that an interview will or has take(n) place.  Complete OIF.

 

Suspect:

Age 15 and under:  The officer will have already notified parents of a pending interview.  The Principal will contact the parents at his/her earliest convenience to notify them that an interview will or has take(n) place.  Complete OIF.

 

Age 16 and up:  The Principal will contact the parents at his/her earliest convenience to notify them that an interview will or has take(n) place.  Complete OIF.

 

DCFS-Child and Family Services

 

Victim (no age restrictions)

A victim will be interviewed at school only if they are involved with a school related investigation or a suspected child abuse or neglect case.  The Principal may be asked to “not contact” or “delay” parental notification. Complete OIF.

 

Witness:

Age 15 and under:  The officer will have already notified parents of a pending interview.  The Principal will contact the parents at his/her earliest convenience to notify them that an interview will or has take(n) place.  The Principal may be asked to “not contact” or “delay” parental notification. Complete IOF.

 

Age 16 and up:  The Principal will contact the parents at his/her earliest convenience to notify them that an interview will or has take(n) place.  The Principal may be asked to “not contact” or “delay” parental notification. Complete IOF.

 

Perpetrator:

Age 15 and under:  The officer will have already notified parents of a pending interview.  The Principal will contact the parents at his/her earliest convenience to notify them that an interview will or has take(n) place.  The Principal may be asked to “not contact” or “delay” parental notification. Complete IOF.

 

Age 16 and up:  The Principal will contact the parents at his/her earliest convenience to notify them that an interview will or has take(n) place.  The Principal may be asked to “not contact” or “delay” parental notification. Complete IOF.

 

62A-4a-409 (7) Division workers or other child protection team members have authority to enter upon public or private premises,

using appropriate legal processes, to investigate reports of alleged abuse or neglect, upon notice to parents of their rights under

the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, 42 U.S.C. Sec. 5106, or any successor thereof.

(8) With regard to any interview of a child prior to removal of that child from the child’s home:

(a) except as provided in Subsection (8)(b) or (c), the division shall inform a parent of the child prior to the interview of:

(i) the specific allegations concerning the child; and

(ii) the time and place of the interview;

(b) if a child’s parent or stepparent, or a parent’s paramour has been identified as the alleged perpetrator, the division is not

required to comply with Subsection (8)(a);

(c) if the perpetrator is unknown, or if the perpetrator’s relationship to the child’s family is unknown, the division may conduct

a minimal interview or conversation, not to exceed 15 minutes, with the child prior to complying with Subsection (8)(a);

(d) in all cases described in Subsection (8)(b) or (c), a parent of the child shall be notified as soon as practicable after the child

has been interviewed, but in no case later than 24 hours after the interview has taken place;

(e) a child’s parents shall be notified of the time and place of all subsequent interviews with the child; and

(f) the child shall be allowed to have a support person of the child’s choice present, who:

(i) may include:

(A) a school teacher;  (B) an administrator; (C) a guidance counselor;  (D) a child care provider; (E) a family member;

(F) a family advocate; or (G) a member of the clergy; and(ii) may not be an individual who is alleged to be, or potentially may be, the perpetrator.

 

Mental Health Provider(s)

 

Periodically, various state agencies that have interview, intervene, or other investigative duties, may request an interview with students.  Any student with a need for mental health counseling should be allowed that counseling as long as both the parent(s) or guardian(s) and the school administrator are aware of the situation.  In some instances, the school setting may be the best environment for the interview to take place.

 

Client:

Age 17 and under:  The Social Worker will have already notified parents of a pending interview.  The Principal will contact the parents at his/her earliest convenience to notify them that an interview will or has take(n) place.  Complete OIF.

 

Juvenile Court System/Youth Probation

 

Juvenile Offender:

All ages:  Juvenile Probation Officer access is based on orders of the court.  Principals already know students involved with the Juvenile Court System.  Complete OIF.

 

Suicide Intervention:

 

All ages:  Any district personnel that intercepts any discussion or knowledge concerning the possible suicide of a students shall immediately do the following:

 

  1. Contact the parent(s), guardian of the child and disclose known information.

 

  1. Contact the nearest Crisis Center:  Southwest Behavioral Health Center: 435-438-5537, if no answer, contact local law enforcement 435-896-6471 or 911.

Piute County School District On-Premise Interview Form

 

SCHOOL: ___________________________________

 


Date:


Time:

Interviewing Agency

As an authorized investigator for the above agency, we are requesting access to the following students:


1)                                                                                                                                                                Victim - Witness - Suspect


2)                                                                                                                                                                Victim - Witness - Suspect


3)                                                                                                                                                                Victim - Witness - Suspect

Agency Information:

Officer/Investigator:            Contact #:

Other Information:

I HAVE      HAVE NOT contacted the parent(s), guardian(s) about this interview.

***PLEASE COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING AFTER THE INTERVIEW***


Time:  

Those present in the interview:

YES or NO              I/We have determined that for the child’s protections, he/she will be taken into protective

                                custody. We accept total responsibility for this child.

YES or NO              This child will remain in school and may be allowed to return home after school by their

                                normal means. Responsibility reverts back to the school.

YES or NO              The Principal has been instructed to NOT notify the parents.  The investigative agency will

                                Make parental contact and disclose the nature of the interview.

The following people may be considered a risk for this child.  Please restrict their access:

              ______________________________________________                                      _____________________

                                      Officer/Worker/Investigator                                                                    Date

Principal or designee statement:


On the above date, the investigating officer/worker made a request to interview the above child(ren).  I facilitated this interview. I was or was not present during the interview.


              ______________________________________________                                      _____________________

                                      Principal or Designee                                                                        Date

Contacted Parent:

Date:

Time:

Method:

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