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PATHWAYS TO STRENGTHENING AND SUPPORTING FAMILIES IN ILLINOIS. Module 3D – Drug Endangered Child Protocol. Job Competency. Assess the need for Law Enforcement involvement regarding a Drug-Endangered Child (DEC). Video: Tweaked.

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PATHWAYS TO STRENGTHENING

AND SUPPORTING FAMILIES IN ILLINOIS

Module 3D – Drug Endangered Child Protocol

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Job Competency

  • Assess the need for Law Enforcement involvement regarding a Drug-Endangered Child (DEC).

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Video: Tweaked

Watch for incidences of collaboration between child welfare and law enforcement

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Meth Production and Use in Illinois Professional Development

  • Have become “mom and pop” in-home labs increasing the danger to children

  • Originally confined to rural areas

  • Manufacturers and users are often the same

    - Based on 2002 data from Illinois State Police

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History Checks and Professional Development Cross Reporting

  • Is there an open DCFS case ?

  • Have there been prior or pending child abuse/neglect reports ?

  • LEADS check

  • Law enforcement & DCFS share critical information (safety issues, family dynamics etc.)

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Video: Professional DevelopmentHidden Dangers

Watch for safety tips and warnings

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Safety Tips Professional Development

  • Keep 7-10 foot distance from user

  • Slow your speech and lower the pitch of your voice

  • Slow your movements

  • Keep your hands visible

  • Keep the user talking

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DCFS Safety Procedures Professional Development

  • Make immediate contact with OFFICER IN CHARGE (OIC).

  • Contact children AFTER you have been briefed by OIC.

  • Enter home only when necessary, and after Site Safety Officer has deemed the area safe. Never enter when protective clothing is required.

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DCFS Safety Procedures Professional Development

  • When transporting children that may have been contaminated, DCFS needs to take protective measures as deemed necessary by the Site Safety Officer.

  • Do NOT take children’s personal clothing or toys if there is a possibility of contamination.

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Hazards and Conditions Professional Development

  • Drugs and drug paraphernalia

  • Exposure to toxic chemicals

  • Booby traps

  • Exposed wiring

  • Refrigerator and chemicals

  • Sleeping areas

  • Guns and weapons

  • Pornographic materials

  • Mobile labs

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Field Medical Assessment Protocol Professional Development

  • If a child is in distress, summon emergency medical staff to the scene

  • A medical assessment should be done for each child found at a meth lab within 3 hours after the worker leaves the site with the child

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Immediate Care Protocol Professional Development

  • Child should be seen in an ER within 3 hours of leaving site

  • Follow “routine” emergency medical care PLUS the DEC protocol

  • Request urine sample within 12 hours – should be made to test the sample at any detectable level

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DEC Protocol - Summary Professional Development

  • Coordinated response starts before case initiation

  • Safety issues

  • Evidence Collection

  • Documentation of Hazardous Conditions

  • Medical Protocols

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