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Creating a Child Protection Team (CPT)

The following are issues to consider when forming a team:

  • How many members will be on the team?
  • Who will the members be? Who decides?
  • Will the team include a representative from DCF?
  • When, where, and how often will the team meet?
  • Will the team be responsible only for reviewing allegations of suspected child maltreatment, or will the team also be responsible for making the initial report and filing the 51A?
  • Since reporting suspected abuse and neglect is an immediate requirement, what happens if team members are unavailable?
  • If the team will be responsible for filing the 51A report, which team member will do this?
  • What type of feedback will be provided to the educator who referred the case to the team, and what mechanism will be used to communicate this information?
  • What role will the team take after the report has been filed?
  • Who determines if, at what intervals, and how the composition of the team will change?
  • What type of training will be needed for all school personnel and for team members specifically to effectively implement the protocol?

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Monitoring Behavior
How-To in 3 Steps

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Step 1

Developing the Monitoring Protocol

  • Determine how your Code of Conduct is being adhered to and where additional policy or training may be needed.
  • Include language indicating all staff have the responsibility to observe and report inappropriate or concerning behaviors displayed by staff or by youth. 
  • Consult your child safety team to identify areas of strength and higher risk activities where monitoring would be especially important.
  • Define the people who must be informed when staff, volunteers, or children observe inappropriate or harmful behavior.
  • Outline the steps all staff and volunteers must follow when reporting suspected abuse.

Step 2

Promoting a Culture of Safety

  • Encourage staff to view safety as a priority and mutual responsibility, encourage questions, establish ongoing communication, and provide support to build trust.
  • Provide positive feedback when observing expected and appropriate behaviors. 
  • Ensure leadership is present, models appropriate behavior, supports positive interactions, and intervenes when needed. 
  • Conduct annual surveys and audits to gather information from staff, youth, and parents including questions about boundaries and appropriate behaviors.
  • Equip parents with information about your child sexual abuse prevention plans.

Step 3

Sustaining the Monitoring Protocol

  • Use individual supervision, performance reviews, and staff meetings to talk about the Code of Conduct and provide staff feedback on observed behaviors. 
  • Provide ongoing trainings that reinforce your Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics. 
  • Ensure all concerns are addressed and any harmful behaviors are reported to the Department of Children and Families and law enforcement.
  • Review the results of the staff surveys and internal audits to identify areas for improvement, staff accountability, and transparency. 
  • Assess your protocol and implement changes based on findings.