Responds to reports of child abuse, investigates the allegations in conjunction with DCYF, and makes arrests when appropriate.1 of 9 DCYF
Responds to reports of child abuse, investigates the allegations in conjunction with law enforcement, and works to ensure children are safe.2 of 9 Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
Reviews cases with members of Multidisciplinary Team to guide the child abuse investigations, determines whether prosecution in criminal court is appropriate, and prepares cases for trial.3 of 9 Victim/Witness Advocate
Provides Children and their families/caregivers with support and education about the investigation and criminal justice process, and linkage to community resources.4 of 9 Medical Provider
Provides evidence-based and trauma focused mental health treatment to children who have experienced abuse or other traumatizing events.6 of 9 Forensic Interviewer
Interviews children who may have experienced abuse, following Washington State Child Interview Guidelines based on the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) investigative interview protocol.7 of 9 MDT Coordinator
Questions that will be asked when you call
1. The name, address and age of the child.
2. The name and address of the child’s parent, guardian or other persons having custody of the child.
3. The nature and extent of the abuse or neglect.
4. Any evidence of previous incidences.
5. Any other information which may be helpful in establishing the cause of the child’s abuse or neglect and the identity of the perpetrator.
You do not need to have all of the above information when you call to make a report, but the more accurate information you can provide, the better equipped the offices will be to assess the child’s risk.
What will happen next?
Every case is different. Some cases may trigger an immediate law enforcement response and others will become cases handled by Child Protective Services. In many cases, a report will initiate a coordinated response from the CAC’s team of professionals.