Role of First Responders in Child Maltreatment Cases: Disaster and Nondisaster Situations [open pdf - 3MB]
"This manual, The Role of First Responders in Child Maltreatment Cases: Disaster and Nondisaster Situations, is for those professionals who have the primary responsibility for the initial on-scene response to situations in which child abuse or neglect may have occurred, even when the initial call may be for another situation, such as domestic violence or a drug offense. In most jurisdictions, emergency medical technicians, child protective services caseworkers, and law enforcement officers generally are considered the first responders for child maltreatment cases. This manual is designed to be a practical guide to help those in the field and includes step-by-step guidelines for investigating possible child maltreatment. The manual also provides information for first responders when responding to cases of possible child maltreatment in disaster situations, including how first responders and their agencies can prepare for disaster situations."
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Child Welfare Information Gateway: http://www.childwelfare.gov/