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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 22. Social Services
Agency 40. Department of Social Services
Chapter 730. Investigation of Child Abuse and Neglect in Out of Family Complaints

22VAC40-730-40. Involvement of regulatory agencies.

The authority of the local department to investigate valid complaints of alleged child abuse or neglect in facilities or foster homes overlaps with the authority of the public agencies that have regulatory responsibilities for these facilities to investigate alleged violations of standards.

1. For valid complaints, the local department shall contact the appropriate regulatory authority and share the complaint information. The regulatory authority will appoint a staff person to participate in the investigation to determine if there are regulatory concerns.

2. The assigned child protective services (CPS) worker and the appointed regulatory staff person will discuss their preliminary joint investigation plan.

a. The CPS worker and the regulatory staff person shall review their respective needs for information and plan the investigation based on when these needs coincide and can be met with joint interviews or with information sharing.

b. The investigation plan must keep in focus the requirements to be met by the CPS worker and regulatory authority as well as the impact the investigation will have on the facility's staff, the victim child, and the other children at the facility.

Statutory Authority

§ 63.2-217 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR615-45-5 § 2.3, eff. January 26, 1994; amended, Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 3, eff. November 20, 2002; Volume 30, Issue 6, eff. January 1, 2014; Volume 35, Issue 23, eff. August 23, 2019.

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