7200, Handling Immediate Danger to Children

September 28, 2018


During an inspection or investigation, staff may discover conditions in a regulated or unregulated operation that pose a threat of immediate danger to children because of violations of the minimum standards, administrative rules or statutes.

If this occurs, the inspector or investigator consults with the supervisor, program administrator, or district director to determine whether it is necessary to take one or more of the following actions:

  1. Request assistance from the Department of Family and Protective Services.
  2. Request assistance from fire, health, or law enforcement officials.
  3. Remain at the operation until parents or managing conservators arrive or the dangerous situation is corrected.
  4. Request that the permit holder or person in charge notify parents or managing conservators of the situation. If that person fails to do so, notify the parents or managing conservators.
  5. Request that the supervisor report the situation to the appropriate CCL director. The director contacts the legal division and action is taken.
  6. Remove the child or children from a residential operation if there is a substantial risk of harm and if the removal is approved by a CCL director.

See also:
Appendix 7000-1: Factors to Consider for Enforcement Actions
7637 Emergency Suspension and Closure
7740 Injunctive Relief

7210 Immediate Danger in a State-Operated Facility

March 2017

If conditions are found that pose an immediate threat or danger to children in care in a state-operated operation because of violations of minimum standards, administrative rules, or statutes, the appropriate CCL director notifies the associate commissioner of Licensing, who then notifies the commissioner.

The commissioner may notify the governor at his or her discretion.