Community Child Protection Teams
Community Child Protection Team (CCPT)
Community Child Protection Teams (CCPT) were established as one means for the state and local communities to form a partnership to strengthen child protection. CCPTs were established in response to Executive Order 142 in May of 1991. The duties and responsibilities of the CCPT were adopted as North Carolina Administrative Code 41I .0400. The original purpose and composition of the team was further formalized and expanded by G.S. 7B 1406, effective July 1, 1993.
Nature and Purpose of the Community Child Protection Team G.S. 7B 1407
The Community Child Protection Team is an interdisciplinary group of community representatives who meet regularly to promote a community-wide approach to the problem of child abuse and neglect. There is a CCPT in each county. CCPTs meet at least quarterly. The Community Child Protection Team may not encompass a geographic nor governmental area larger than one county.
The CCPT is a unique opportunity to promote wide community involvement in the prevention of abuse and neglect and in the protection of children at risk. Local teams have an opportunity to identify and respond to gaps in the county’s prevention/protection response, maximizing the use of limited resources through creative approaches to local issues.
- Families must have services and resources to care for children
- It is the community’s responsibility to insure that gaps and deficiencies are identified
- It is the community’s responsibility to insure that gaps and deficiencies are addressed
- Collaboration among citizens is an initial step to insuring that the use of available services and resources is maximized
Identifying Gaps and Deficiencies in the county’s child well-being response
CCPTs were created in response to North Carolina’s identified need for improving the child welfare system. CCPT membership includes representatives from several child focus agencies and organizations as well as the general public. The CCPTs responsibility is to identify gaps and deficiencies in the county’s response to protecting children, report findings to the County Board of Commissioners and the state and develop strategies to address the need with consideration given to availability to resources.
Means of identifying the county’s child well-being needs:
- From case reviews CCPT derive situations or conditions that most often bring a child to the attention of agencies or organizations. Case reviews may come by way of:
- In-home service cases
- Investigative assessment cases
- Out of home placements
- Juvenile service cases
- School truancy cases
- Medical needs cases
- Child fatalities
- Community open forums gives citizens an opportunity to bring to the attention of CCPT information related to children and families that citizens would like to have addressed.
- Child Welfare consumers may attend CCPT meetings to express their ideas about ways the child welfare system can promote child well-being within their family.
- CCPT have an opportunity to identify and respond to North Carolina’s child well-being system by reviewing changes in laws, policies, or practices.
Review active cases in which abuse, neglect, or dependency is found and that are:
- Selected from categories defined by the team.
- Brought for review at the specific request of a team member.
- Brought for review at the initiative of the director of the department of social services.
- In Partnership with the Divison's fatality reviewers, each CCPT shall review fatalities,
- Suspected to have resulted from child abuse, neglect or dependency and
- The child or the child's family had received child welfare services within 12 months of the child's death.
- Report to the Board of County Commissioners and the community about the status of families in the community.
- Annual CCPT End of the Year Report
- Develop effective recruitment strategies for engaging citizens in the CCPT.
Advocacy and Collaboration
CCPT educates the community about issues that puts children at risk of harm and how this affects families and the community. The knowledge of CCPT members is utilized to develop strategies to effectively respond to child well-being. The sharing of information among members about under-utilized resources in the community help to address service gaps. CCPT informs board of county commissioners and the State about trends in child maltreatment that suggest a need for changes in services and advocate for necessary resources.
- The county director of social services and a member of the director's staff;
- A local law enforcement officer, appointed by the board of county commissioners;
- An attorney from the district attorney's office, appointed by the district attorney;
- The executive director of the local community action agency, as defined by the Division of Economic Opportunity, Department Health and Human Services, or the executive director's designee;
- The superintendent of each local school administrative unit located in the county, or the superintendent's designee;
- A member of the county board of social services, appointed by the chair of that board;
- A local mental health professional, appointed by the director of the area authority established under Chapter 122C of the General Statutes;
- The local guardian ad litem coordinator, or the coordinator's designee;
- The director of the department of public health; and
- A local health care provider, appointed by the local board of public health.
All counties must have a CCPT. If the CCPT chooses not to review all child fatalities a separate Child Fatality Prevention Team must be established to review child fatalities that are not related to DSS child welfare services . A Community Child Protection Team that chooses to review the records of additional (non-CPS) child fatalities shall include the following five additional members:
- An emergency medical services provider or firefighter, appointed by the board of county commissioners;
- A district court judge, appointed by the chief district court judge in that district;
- A county medical examiner, appointed by the Chief Medical Examiner;
- A representative of a local day care facility or Head Start Program, appointed by the director of the county department of social services; and
- A parent of a child who died before reaching the child's eighteenth birthday, to be appointed by the board of county commissioners.
All child advocates are welcome
- The board of county commissioners may appoint a maximum of five additional members to represent various county agencies or the community at large to serve on any local team. Team members appointed by the board of county commissioners should represent the diversity of the community. This is an opportunity for teams to involve all entities of the community that that impact children or have the potential to impact children.
- Any citizen of a county who has an interest in the well-being of children and families is encouraged to contact the CCPT Chairperson in their county to learn how their interest can be translated to action through the CCPT.
- Each community must actively promote diversity within the membership of CCPT. Diversity includes demographic inclusion, diverse faith representation, cultural/ethnic diversity, occupational diversity, etc.
Qualities of CCPT Members
Citizens who are interested in participating in the CCPT process should ask themselves:
- Do I have the time to commit advocating for children and families?
- Does my experience and or knowledge put me in a position to make a meaningful contribution to promoting child well-being?
- Am I willing to use my influence to drive improvements in the county’s child well-being system?
- How have I demonstrated my commitment to the well-being of children and families?
- Am I interested in learning how I can work on behalf of children and families?
Training for CCPT Members
Internal Training – Each CCPT will provide new members with an overview of CCPT which will include legal authority, responsibilities, purpose, local activities and a referral to the CCPT webpage.
CCPT members have professional knowledge in their career area. Members have opportunities to share their knowledge with other team member.
NCDSS CCPT Program Coordinator provides training for new Chairpersons two to four times a year. Training is provided for local teams at the request of the CCPT as as determined by issues identified by the team or CCPT Program Coordinator.
External Training – CCPT members are encouraged to use opportunities to gain new skills, information, and updates from all sources as they are able.
The National Citizen Review Panels provide training at the annual conference each year. In addition to information and training, CCPT members are able to network with team members from other states to gain information on how other states use the community teams.
CCPT Training Video
- Increased understanding of what the state expects parents to do to protect their children.
- What action the community takes to protect children.
- Knowing how local officials respond to child protection and needs of families.
- An opportunity to voice your ideas about child protection needs in the community.
- Increased understanding of how families and the community are impacted by issues that put children at risk.
- An opportunity to actively participate in community initiatives directed towards child protection, such as volunteer activities, organization of children and/or family programs, and developing private and public partnerships to enhance child protection.
The CCPT Advisory Committee are CCPT members who assist with developing the CCPT End of Year Report, monitor the state’s response to the recommendations made by CCPTs, review NCDSS CCPT proposals, and updates and pass the information to CCPTs.
All CCPT members are encouraged to participate on the Advisory Committee at some point. Members interested in participating on the committee should contact the Committee Leader.
- Elizabeth Mandel, Leader, New Hanover County firstname.lastname@example.org
- Judith Ayers, Currituck email@example.com
- Lou Parton, Polk County firstname.lastname@example.org
- Terry Brubaker, Craven County email@example.com
- Freddie Harris, Warren County firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wanda Marino, New Hanover County WMarino@nhcgov.com
- Tilda Marshall, Edgecombe County email@example.com
- Felicia Wilson, Cabarrus/Rowan County firstname.lastname@example.org
NCDSS CCPT Contact Information
|Eric Zechman, Program Manager
Community Based Programs
NC Division of Social Services
820 S. Boylan Ave
McBryde – East, MSC 2410
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27699-2410
|Or||Terri Reichert, Program Coordinator
820 S. Boylan Ave
McBryde – East, MSC 2406
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27699-2406
All contact changes and reports should be emailed to Janice.Williams@dhhs.nc.gov
All North Carolina counties have an active Community Child Protection Team (CCPT). Each CCPT has a chairperson who is the contact person for the CCPT. In many counties the CCPT Chairperson is the Director of the Department of Social Services. If the Director is not the chairperson, the Director will know who the chairperson is and how the chairperson may be contacted.
Here is a recorded webinar training for any interested in knowing what is a Community Child Protection Team https://dss.ncgovconnect.com/p38584712/.
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