Reports of child maltreatment within the family are screened within 24 hours. Those reports that are about an alleged perpetrator outside the family unit are referred to local law enforcement. Reports that meet the state guidelines for a child protection response are opened for either a Family Assessment or Traditional Investigation depending on the severity of the allegation. Social Workers will determine the child’s safety, level of risk, family needs and family strengths. On-going child protection services will be provided if determined necessary.