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Minnesota Chippewa Tribe - Leech Lake Band - Tribal Code


Title 3. Child and Family Protection
3-6. Child Protection Team

LLOjibwe JCT3 CFC § 3-6
3-6. Child Protection Team

The Band shall establish a child protection team. Establishment of the child protection team is an attempt, through the involvement and coordination of various agencies, to prevent Indian children from being abused or neglected. In cases where children have been abused or neglected, efficient and effective protective services shall be provided so as to immediately secure the children's safety and health. Follow-up actions shall then to be taken to stabilize the circumstances for the long-term benefit of the children and, to the extent possible, their family members.

Prevention of child abuse and neglect is to be emphasized. The child protection team is intended to facilitate the identification of danger signs, which will prompt immediate intervention and/or preventive actions to be taken. However, when a child's well being is found to be endangered, the child protection team should initiate protective services as promptly, efficiently, and effectively as possible.

These services are to be provided so as to ensure the child's immediate safety and health. Once attained, to the extent possible, actions are to be taken to correct the problems, which caused the abuse or neglect and prevent it from occurring again. The child protection team should facilitate the development and implementation of a plan to promote the long-term well being of the child and the appropriate family members.

The child protection team is technical and advisory in nature. In no way is it intended to undermine the authorities and responsibilities of individual agencies. It is designed to promote cooperation, communication, and consistency among agencies. It is appropriate for the child protection team to debate what actions would best promote the well being of a child and provide relevant information and advice to decision-making agencies. The child protection team shall facilitate (not hinder) the decision-making process. All child protection team members shall maintain confidentiality.

The duties of the child protection team shall include the development and implementation of procedures for:

A. Providing Oversight

1. Monitor child abuse and neglect activities to ensure that adequate preventive, protective, and corrective services are provided.

2. Review and track all child abuse and neglect cases which have been referred.

3. Investigate cases to determine whether the best interests of the child are being met.

4. Review case plans for their adequacy.

5. Maintain confidentiality of information.

6. Send local child protection team data to area child protection teams.

B. Facilitating Provision of Services

1. Receive child abuse and neglect referrals. Assign case managers to track cases.

2. Identify available community resources, programs and services.

3. Provide recommendations to various pertinent agencies.

4. Promote cooperation, communities, and consistency among agencies.

5. Provide a forum for debating what actions would best promote the well being of Indian children.

6. Respond to inquiries from the community, area child protection teams, and other individuals and groups.

C. Providing Technical Assistance

1. Develop procedures to provide effective and efficient preventive, protective, and corrective child abuse and neglect services.

2. Develop standards to determine which cases are to be investigated.

3. Provide information and technical recommendations to decision-making agencies.

4. Educate communities about child abuse and neglect problems and solutions.

5. Identify danger signs, which prompt intervention and/or prevention actions.

6. Assist in the development and implementation of plans to promote the long-term well being of children and their families.

7. Assist in the development and implementation of strategies by communities to create environments, which provide opportunities form community members to lead meaningful, productive, self-fulfilling, and rewarding lives. These environments should promote the dignity, self-worth, self-respect, and self-sufficiency of community members.

Resolution No. 03-62, presented and acted upon on December 23, 2002.

Leech Lake Ojibwe Jud. Code, T. 3, Child & Fam. Protect. Code § 3-6, LLOjibwe JCT3 CFC § 3-6

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