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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

22VAC40-730-70. Contact with the facility administrator.

A. The child protective services (CPS) worker shall initiate contact with the facility administrator or designee at the onset of the investigation.

B. The CPS worker shall inform the facility administrator or designee of the details of the valid complaint. When the administrator or designee chooses to participate in the joint investigation, he will be invited to participate in developing the plan for investigation, including decisions about who is to be present in interviews. If the administrator or designee is the alleged abuser or neglector, this contact should be initiated with the individual's superior, which may be the board of directors, or if there is no superior, the CPS worker may use discretion in sharing information with the administrator so long as such disclosure is consistent with and does not conflict with law or regulation.

C. Arrangements are to be made for:

1. Necessary interviews;

2. Observations including the physical plant; and

3. Access to information, including review of pertinent policies and procedures.

D. The CPS worker shall keep the facility administrator or designee apprised of the progress of the investigation. In a joint investigation with a regulatory staff person, either party may fulfill this requirement.

Statutory Authority

§ 63.2-217 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR615-45-5 § 2.6, 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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