The function of the Access Unit is to assess and screen all incoming reports of possible child maltreatment. Access staff gathers sufficient information to determine whether child maltreatment or the risk of maltreatment to a child exists. The Initial Assessment Units complete comprehensive assessments when reports of child abuse are screened in.

Initial Assessment social workers interview and gather information based on state law and policy. Initial Assessments are completed within 60 days and determine whether abuse or neglect occurred and refer cases to services and/or the Circuit Court. Child Protection On-Going provides services to families where children have been determined to be abused or neglected. On-Going social workers provide case management to families under court supervision working toward reunifications or other permanent living option for children.

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Access and Initial Assessment Standards

Ongoing Standards