(1) Upon receiving a report alleging juvenile sexual abuse or inappropriate sexual behavior as defined in s. 39.01, the department shall assist the family, child, and caregiver in receiving appropriate services to address the allegations of the report.
(a) The department shall ensure that information describing the child’s history of child sexual abuse is included in the child’s electronic record. This record must also include information describing the services the child has received as a result of his or her involvement with child sexual abuse.
Terms Used In Florida Statutes 39.307
- Abuse: means any willful act or threatened act that results in any physical, mental, or sexual abuse, injury, or harm that causes or is likely to cause the child's physical, mental, or emotional health to be significantly impaired. See Florida Statutes 39.01
- Arbitration: means a process whereby a neutral third person or panel, called an arbitrator or an arbitration panel, considers the facts and arguments presented by the parties and renders a decision which may be binding or nonbinding. See Florida Statutes 39.01
- assessment: means the gathering of information for the evaluation of a child's and caregiver's physical, psychiatric, psychological, or mental health; developmental delays or challenges; and educational, vocational, and social condition and family environment as they relate to the child's and caregiver's need for rehabilitative and treatment services, including substance abuse treatment services, mental health services, developmental services, literacy services, medical services, family services, and other specialized services, as appropriate. See Florida Statutes 39.01
- Caregiver: means the parent, legal custodian, permanent guardian, adult household member, or other person responsible for a child's welfare as defined in subsection (54). See Florida Statutes 39.01
- Case plan: means a document, as described in…. See Florida Statutes 39.01
- Child Protection Team: means a team of professionals established by the Department of Health to receive referrals from the protective investigators and protective supervision staff of the department and to provide specialized and supportive services to the program in processing child abuse, abandonment, or neglect cases. See Florida Statutes 39.01
- Child who has exhibited inappropriate sexual behavior: means a child who has been found by the department or the court to have committed an inappropriate sexual act. See Florida Statutes 39.01
- Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
- Department: means the Department of Children and Families. See Florida Statutes 39.01
- Family: means a collective body of persons, consisting of a child and a parent, legal custodian, or adult relative, in which:(a) The persons reside in the same house or living unit; or(b) The parent, legal custodian, or adult relative has a legal responsibility by blood, marriage, or court order to support or care for the child. See Florida Statutes 39.01
- Juvenile sexual abuse: means any sexual behavior by a child which occurs without consent, without equality, or as a result of coercion. See Florida Statutes 39.01
- Mediation: means a process whereby a neutral third person called a mediator acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of a dispute between two or more parties. See Florida Statutes 39.01
- Office: means the Office of Adoption and Child Protection within the Executive Office of the Governor. See Florida Statutes 39.01
- person: includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations. See Florida Statutes 1.01
- Protective investigation: means the acceptance of a report alleging child abuse, abandonment, or neglect, as defined in this chapter, by the central abuse hotline or the acceptance of a report of other dependency by the department; the investigation of each report; the determination of whether action by the court is warranted; the determination of the disposition of each report without court or public agency action when appropriate; and the referral of a child to another public or private agency when appropriate. See Florida Statutes 39.01
- Victim: means any child who has sustained or is threatened with physical, mental, or emotional injury identified in a report involving child abuse, neglect, or abandonment, or child-on-child sexual abuse. See Florida Statutes 39.01
- writing: includes handwriting, printing, typewriting, and all other methods and means of forming letters and characters upon paper, stone, wood, or other materials. See Florida Statutes 1.01(b) Placement decisions for a child who has been involved with child sexual abuse must include consideration of the needs of the child and any other children in the placement.(c) The department shall monitor the occurrence of child sexual abuse and the provision of services to children involved in child sexual abuse or juvenile sexual abuse, or who have displayed inappropriate sexual behavior.
(2) The department, contracted sheriff’s office providing protective investigation services, or contracted case management personnel responsible for providing services, at a minimum, shall adhere to the following procedures:
(a) The purpose of the response to a report alleging juvenile sexual abuse behavior or inappropriate sexual behavior shall be explained to the caregiver.
1. The purpose of the response shall be explained in a manner consistent with legislative purpose and intent provided in this chapter.
2. The name and office telephone number of the person responding shall be provided to the caregiver of the alleged abuser or child who has exhibited inappropriate sexual behavior and the victim‘s caregiver.
3. The possible consequences of the department’s response, including outcomes and services, shall be explained to the caregiver of the alleged abuser or child who has exhibited inappropriate sexual behavior and the victim’s caregiver.
(b) The caregiver of the alleged abuser or child who has exhibited inappropriate sexual behavior and the victim’s caregiver shall be involved to the fullest extent possible in determining the nature of the sexual behavior concerns and the nature of any problem or risk to other children.
(c) The assessment of risk and the perceived treatment needs of the alleged abuser or child who has exhibited inappropriate sexual behavior, the victim, and respective caregivers shall be conducted by the district staff, the Child Protection Team of the Department of Health, and other providers under contract with the department to provide services to the caregiver of the alleged offender, the victim, and the victim’s caregiver.
(d) The assessment shall be conducted in a manner that is sensitive to the social, economic, and cultural environment of the family.
(e) If necessary, the Child Protection Team of the Department of Health shall conduct a physical examination of the victim, which is sufficient to meet forensic requirements.
(f) Based on the information obtained from the alleged abuser or child who has exhibited inappropriate sexual behavior, his or her caregiver, the victim, and the victim’s caregiver, an assessment of service and treatment needs must be completed and, if needed, a case plan developed within 30 days.
(g) The department shall classify the outcome of the report as follows:
1. Report closed. Services were not offered because the department determined that there was no basis for intervention.
2. Services accepted by alleged abuser. Services were offered to the alleged abuser or child who has exhibited inappropriate sexual behavior and accepted by the caregiver.
3. Report closed. Services were offered to the alleged abuser or child who has exhibited inappropriate sexual behavior, but were rejected by the caregiver.
4. Notification to law enforcement. The risk to the victim’s safety and well-being cannot be reduced by the provision of services or the caregiver rejected services, and notification of the alleged delinquent act or violation of law to the appropriate law enforcement agency was initiated.
5. Services accepted by victim. Services were offered to the victim and accepted by the caregiver.
6. Report closed. Services were offered to the victim but were rejected by the caregiver.
(3) If services have been accepted by the alleged abuser or child who has exhibited inappropriate sexual behavior, the victim, and respective caregivers, the department shall designate a case manager and develop a specific case plan.
(a) Upon receipt of the plan, the caregiver shall indicate its acceptance of the plan in writing.
(b) The case manager shall periodically review the progress toward achieving the objectives of the plan in order to:
1. Make adjustments to the plan or take additional action as provided in this part; or
2. Terminate the case if indicated by successful or substantial achievement of the objectives of the plan.
(4) Services provided to the alleged abuser or child who has exhibited inappropriate sexual behavior, the victim, and respective caregivers or family must be voluntary and of necessary duration.
(5) If the family or caregiver of the alleged abuser or child who has exhibited inappropriate sexual behavior fails to adequately participate or allow for the adequate participation of the child in the services or treatment delineated in the case plan, the case manager may recommend that the department:
(a) Close the case;
(b) Refer the case to mediation or arbitration, if available; or
(c) Notify the appropriate law enforcement agency of failure to comply.
(6) At any time, as a result of additional information, findings of facts, or changing conditions, the department may pursue a child protective investigation as provided in this chapter.
(7) The department may adopt rules to administer this section.