Examples: In a small community with limited resources, a collaborative arrangement for the planned use of public safety resources may be used to meet this need.
Reporters are informed about:
the organization’s responsibilities, including protection of the reporter’s identity;
the process used to screen and investigate reports and the role of the reporter in this process;
the types of services or interventions the organization can provide;
the result of the screening or investigation, unless prohibited by law or court order; and
whether the reporter can have an ongoing role in the screening or investigation process.
takes an active role in screening and in subsequent decision making; and
is informed of his or her rights, including the right to refuse service as long as the individual has the capacity to understand the consequences of refusal.
The organization will sometimes file a court petition when personnel have determined that the person is in imminent danger. In such cases, the individual's right to self-determination is respected to the fullest extent possible.
Screening procedures address:
critical indicators or risk factors in abuse and neglect;
prevention of abuse, neglect, and exploitation; and
the appropriate level of response for individual cases.
The protective service worker promptly reviews the report, conducts an initial screening including a review of safety and risk factors, and:
identifies priority cases;
reports to other authorities or initiates court action when required; and
determines if the case will be screened out within 24 hours, referred to other providers for an alternative response, or assigns it for investigation.