§ 901 Purpose
§ 902 Definitions
§ 903 Reports required
§ 904 Nature and content of report; to whom made
§ 905 Telephone reports, Child Protection Registry and information
§ 906 State response to reports of abuse or neglect
§ 907 Temporary emergency protective custody
§ 907A Safe Arms for Babies
§ 908 Immunity from liability, and special reimbursement to hospitals for expenses related to certain babies
§ 909 Privileged communication not recognized; judicial proceedings; disclosure of information
§ 910 Court orders to compel
§ 911 Training and information
§ 912 The Child Protection Accountability Commission
§ 913 Child under treatment by spiritual means not neglected
§ 914 Penalty for violation

Terms Used In Delaware Code > Title 16 > Chapter 9 > Subchapter I

  • Allegation: something that someone says happened.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Baby: means a child not more than 14 days old, except that for hospitals and their employees and volunteers, "baby" means a child reasonably believed to be not more than 14 days old. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 902
  • Child: means a person who has not reached the age of 18 years. See Delaware Code Title 6 Sec. 4307
  • Child: means any person who has not reached that person's own eighteenth birthday. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 902
  • convicted: means entry of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, regardless of whether the plea was subsequently discharged or dismissed under the first offenders domestic violence diversion program pursuant to § 1024 of Title 10, or under the first offenders controlled substances diversion program pursuant to § 4767 of this title, or of a Robinson plea, or of a probation before judgment discharge without judgment of conviction notwithstanding the provisions of § 4218(g) of Title 11, or a finding of guilt after trial, or a finding of not guilty after trial as a result of the defense of mental disease or defect pursuant to Title 11, or adjudication of delinquency for conduct which if committed by an adult, would constitute a crime; or "conviction" or "convicted" under similar proceedings of another state, territory or jurisdiction. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 902
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Death: means the loss of life of a child. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 902
  • Department: means the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 902
  • Department: means the Department of Health and Social Services. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 101
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Director: means the Director of the Division of Family Services of the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 902
  • Director: means the Director of the Division of Public Health, or such persons as may be designated by the Director. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 101
  • Division: means the Division of Family Services of the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 902
  • Division: means the Division of Public Health. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 101
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Family assessment and services: means a case management approach by the Division of Family Services that provides for a prompt assessment of a child and the child's family and the circumstances of the reported incident, including the known history of the child or the alleged perpetrator, when there has been a report to the Division that the child was a victim of abuse or neglect, or at risk of maltreatment by a person responsible for that child's care, custody or control. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 902
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Freedom of Information Act: A federal law that mandates that all the records created and kept by federal agencies in the executive branch of government must be open for public inspection and copying. The only exceptions are those records that fall into one of nine exempted categories listed in the statute. Source: OCC
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Human trafficking: means as defined in § 787 of Title 11. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 902
  • Institutional child abuse or neglect: means as defined in § 901 of Title 10. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 902
  • Internal information system: means a system of maintaining information related to all reports of abuse, neglect, investigations, family assessments, services and other relevant information. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 902
  • Investigation: means the collection of evidence in response to a report of abuse, neglect, or risk of maltreatment by a person responsible for that child's care, custody or control in order to determine if a child has been abused, neglected, or is at risk of maltreatment. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 902
  • Investigation Coordinator: means an attorney licensed to practice law in this State employed by the Office of the Child Advocate, who is authorized to independently track each reported case of alleged child abuse or neglect within the Department's internal information system and who is responsible for monitoring each reported case involving the death of, serious physical injury to, or allegations of sexual abuse of a child from inception to final criminal and civil disposition. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 902
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Multidisciplinary case: means a comprehensive investigation by the multidisciplinary team for any child abuse or neglect report involving death, serious physical injury, physical injury, human trafficking of a child, torture or sexual abuse, which if true, would constitute a criminal violation against a child, or an attempt to commit any such crime, even if no crime is ever charged. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 902
  • Multidisciplinary team: means a combination of the following entities as required by law to investigate or monitor multidisciplinary cases: the Division, the appropriate law-enforcement agency, the Department of Justice, and the Investigation Coordinator. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 902
  • Near death: means a child in serious or critical condition as a result of child abuse or neglect as certified by a physician. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 902
  • Neglect: means as defined in § 901 of Title 10. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 902
  • Nolo contendere: No contest-has the same effect as a plea of guilty, as far as the criminal sentence is concerned, but may not be considered as an admission of guilt for any other purpose.
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Physical injury: means as defined in § 1100 of Title 11. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 902
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • Registry: means a collection of information as described in Subchapter II of this chapter about persons who have been substantiated for abuse or neglect as provided in Subchapter II of this chapter or who were substantiated between August 1, 1994, and February 1, 2003. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 902
  • Report: means the communication of an allegation of child abuse or neglect to the Division pursuant to § 903 or § 905 of this title. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 902
  • Secretary: means the Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services or such persons as may be designated by the Secretary. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 101
  • Serious physical injury: means as defined in § 1100 of Title 11. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 902
  • Sexual abuse: means as defined in § 901 of Title 10. See Delaware Code Title 16 Sec. 902
  • State: means the State of Delaware; and when applied to different parts of the United States, it includes the District of Columbia and the several territories and possessions of the United States. See Delaware Code Title 6 Sec. 4307
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • United States: includes its territories and possessions and the District of Columbia. See Delaware Code Title 6 Sec. 4307
  • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
  • Year: means a calendar year, and is equivalent to the words "year of our Lord. See Delaware Code Title 6 Sec. 4307