Only (1) information provided by the reporter, (2) information acquired through the screening process and (3) case manager assignment for reports that are assigned for investigation

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Form 453 – Instructions
Information documented on this worksheet is only (1) information provided by the reporter, (2) information acquired through the screening process and (3) case manager assignment for reports that are assigned for investigation. A reporter will probably not have the specific information requested by this form on all persons listed. Do not make corrections or changes to Form 453 after a report is assigned for investigation. Information learned during the investigation that corrects the original report information is recorded on Form 452 or Form 454.

Report Receipt

Date of Report – Date the report was received. Enter the report date (mm/dd/yyyy).

Time – Time the report was received. Circle either AM or PM. For reports received after-hours or on non-work days, indicate the time the report was processed at intake.

Case name – Name of the adult caretaker.

County number – Assigned county ID (up to three digits).

Case number (if available from previous history) or new number, if assigned prior to disposition.

Address – Where family lives.

Telephone numbers – Home and work numbers.

Directions to home – Ask for any identifying features, especially if reporter does not know a street address.

Screening for History

Sources Screened – Available information sources that provide different information necessary for report disposition decisions. For each source, indicate Date Checked, whether information is found (check “Yes” or “No”), comments (e.g., what other counties have CPS history, etc.) and whether information is printed (“Yes” or “No”) for attachment to the report. Attach a screen print of the history/information found.

County Master/Card Files – Files unique to the county that provide information of previous involvement by family with county programs. This is often the only resource for information of past screened out CPS reports.

IDSOnline – This site allows for searching five major information sources.

  • PSDS (Protective Services Data System) – Provides information of statewide CPS history.

  • IDS (Interim Data System) – Provides both CPS and placement history.

  • Sexual Offender Registry – Information of whether an alleged maltreater is a registered sexual abuse predator. Always check this source when the report contains allegations of sexual abuse.

  • DOC Offender Query – Resource for offender records (sometimes offender photograph).

  • Probation/Parole – Offenders currently under supervision of the Parole Board.

SUCCESS – Welfare Services information system that indicates any history of welfare services. Document current information of names, household members, birthdates, SSN’s etc. from SUCCESS onto the Form 453.

Georgia Health Partnership (GHP) Portal- Contains information for each adult and child regarding Medicaid eligibility, Member Health Network Number (Member ID), provider service and medical services received.

Date referred to Law Enforcement – Date the report is referred to law enforcement.

Jurisdiction – Name of law enforcement jurisdiction where report is sent.

Family Information

Caretaker Names – List names of all adult caretakers and any other adults living in the home at the time of the complaint. Begin with the name of the primary caretaker. Next, list secondary caretakers and then any other adults in the home. A primary caretaker is the adult (usually a parent) living in the household who assumes the most child responsibility. When two adult caretakers are present and the worker is in doubt about which one assumes the most child care responsibility, the adult legally responsible for the children involved in the incident should be selected. If this rule does not resolve the question, the legally responsible adult who was a perpetrator should be selected. Only one primary caretaker can be identified.

Birth Date – Date of birth of each caretaker/adult (mm/dd/yyyy).

Age – Age of each caretaker/adult.

Relationship – Use the Alleged Maltreater Relationship Codes to indicate each adult’s relationship to the child victims.

Maltreater – Indicate which caretakers/adults are alleged maltreater(s) by placing an ‘M’ in the ‘Maltreater’ column. If more than one caretaker is indicated, enter an ‘M’ for each. For caretakers/adults who are not an alleged maltreater, write “None” in the Maltreater’ column.

Sex – Write ‘M’ for male or ‘F’ for female.

Race – Use the Race Codes to indicate the race for each adult household member.

Ethnicity – ‘Hispanic’ or ‘non-Hispanic’

Social Security # - Enter the Social Security number for each adult households member.


Names – List names of all children living in the home at the time of the report.

Birth Date – Date of birth for each child (mm/dd/yyyy).

Age – Age of each child.

Sex – Write ‘M’ for male or ‘F’ for female.

Race – Use the Race Codes to indicate the race for each child.

Ethnicity – ‘Hispanic’ or ‘non-Hispanic’

Social Security # - Enter the Social Security number for each child.

Alleged Maltreatment (AM) – Use the Allegation Code list to enter the alphanumeric code for each alleged maltreatment of each child reported to be a victim. For children living in the home but not a reported victim, write ‘None’ in the AM Codes column.

Child’s Location – Indicate known or possible locations for each child (e.g. name of the school and grade, name of the daycare center or other locations where to find a child). This allows for better planning to initiate an investigation for assigned reports.
Alleged Maltreater (if outside the home)

Alleged Maltreater’s Name – Name of the alleged maltreater if this person is someone other than already-listed caretakers and resides outside the household.

Relationship to Victims – Use the ‘Alleged Maltreater Relationship Codes’ to indicate the alleged maltreater’s relationship to the child victims.

Address – Alleged maltreater’s complete address and telephone number.

Birth Date – Maltreater’s date of birth (mm/dd/yyyy).

Age – Maltreater’s age

Sex - Write ‘M’ for male or ‘F’ for female

Race – Use the Race Codes to indicate the race for the maltreater

Ethnicity – ‘Hispanic’ or ‘non-Hispanic’

Report’s Allegations

Give the detailed documentation of all maltreatment allegations the reporter is describing. Indicate in the detail the Who, What, When, Where of the alleged maltreatment (use 452’s if necessary). Document all additional information provided by the reporter in response to further in-depth questioning to help identify the existence of additional maltreatment or the extent of reported maltreatment.


Document names and addresses/phone numbers of other potential witnesses, collaterals and persons having knowledge of the situation being reported.


Intake Worker – Name of caseworker who receives and processes the report.

Worker# - The worker’s office telephone number.

Supervisor – Name of the intake supervisor (or designee) who reviews the report and the report disposition.

Date – The date supervisor reviews and approves report disposition.

Accept/Assign – Report accepted for investigation. Place an ‘x’ next to ‘Accept/Assign and then indicate by an ‘x’ whether the report is assigned as:

  • 24 Hour – Investigation must begin immediate to within 24 hours of time of report.

  • Five Day – Investigation must begin within five work days of time of report.

  • Add to pending/open case – There is an already active case, and this report is sent to the assigned case manager to investigate or another report has been received and is pending disposition and this new report will become part of the information for that disposition decision.

Screen Out – Report is screened out and not referred to other resources. Write an ‘x’ next to ‘Screen Out and Refer’. Using the Screen Out Codes, indicate why the report is screened out and the date and time of this decision. List resources provided for the family (e.g., another agency, health dept., Parent Aide, United Way 211, etc.) and the date and time the report is referred.

Assignment Information (to be completed by investigations supervisor)

Case Manager – Name of case manager assigned to investigate the report

Date Assigned – Date the report is assigned for investigation (mm/dd/yyyy).

Time – Time the report is assigned for investigation. Circle either AM or PM.

Intake/Reporter Information

Name – Name of the reporter. If the reporter is anonymous, write ‘anonymous’. Additional identifying information (e.g. ‘anonymous neighbor,’ ‘anonymous relative,’ ‘anonymous female,’ etc.) can be helpful for the investigation.

Relationship to Children – Use the Reporter Codes, and enter the code that describes the reporter’s relationship to child victims.

Address – Address of the reporter.

Telephone Number – Home and work telephone numbers of the reporter.

Confidentiality Explained – Circle either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to indicate whether confidentiality is explained.

Mandated Report - Circle either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to indicate whether confidentiality is explained.

Mandated Report – Circle either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to indicate if reporter is a mandated reporter.

Mandated Letter Sent – The date a Mandated reporter letter is sent (mm/dd/yyyy).

Codes for Forms 453 and 454

Alleged Maltreater Relationship Codes

Race Codes

Reporter Codes

1 Biological Parent

1 African American

1 Custodial Parent/Guardian

2 Adoptive Parent

2 White

2 Relative

3 Step-Parent

3 Asian

3 Neighbor/Friend

4 Foster Parent

4 Am. Indian/Alaskan Nat.

4 Non-Custodial Parent

5 Grandparent

5 Native Hawaiian/Other

5 Religious Leader/Staff

6 Uncle/Aunt

6 Unable to Determine

6 Lawyer

7 Biological Sibling

7 Unknown

8 Step-Sibling


8 Other non-Mandated Reporter

9 Other Relative


9 Anonymous

10 Babysitter/Child Care

1 Yes

10 School Personnel

11 Other Non-Related Person

2 No

11 Law Enforcement/Court

12 Relationship Unknown

12 Hospital/Clinic

13 Live-in Boyfriend or Girlfriend

13 Physician/Dentist, Podiatrist, Nurse

14 School Personnel

14 Professional Counselor/Social Wker

15 Residential Facility Staff (DFCS)

15 DHR staff, not TANF sanction related

16 Residential Facility Staff (non-DFCS)

17 Unknown

16 Day Care Staff

17 Alleged Maltreater

18 Victim

19 TANF (sanction related)

Screen Out Reasons


1 No Maltreatment Alleged

1 Document Interview

2 Documented/Direct Observation

2 Historical

3 Photographs

3 Custody Issue

4 Drawings

4 Poverty Issue

5 Educational

5 Video

6 Criminal Issue

6 Audio Tapes

7 Previous Unsubstantiated

7 Medical Report

8 Out of County (referred)

8 Psychological Examination

9 Unborn Child

9 Criminal History

10 Juvenile Delinquency

10 Other

11 Other

Allegation Codes


Physical Abuse

N1 Malnourishment/Failure-to-Thrive

P1 Fractures, Dislocations, Sprains

N2 Abandonment/Rejection

P2 Intracranial Injury, Skull Injury

N3 Inadequate Supervision

P3 Spinal Cord, Nerve Damage

N4 Inadequate Food, Clothing, Shelter

P4 Subdural Hematoma

N5 Inadequate Health, Medical Care

P5 Internal Chest, Abdomen, Pelvic Injury

N6 Emotional/Psychological Neglect

P6 Lacerations, Cuts, Punctures

N7 Educational/Cognitive Neglect

P7 Bruises, Welts, Abrasions

N8 Gunshot

P8 Burns, Scalding

N9 Suffocation/Drowning

P9 Poisoning

N10 Birth Addicted/Birth Exposed

P10 Suffocation/Drowning


P12 Gunshot

Emotional Abuse

E1 Verbal Threats/Abuse

Other Abuse

E2 Bizarre Discipline (non-physical)

O1 Case Opened on Report: however, no Maltreatment Reported

Sexual Abuse

S1 Exhibitionism/Voyeurism

S2 Fondling

S3 Sodomy

S4 Penetration

S5 Genital injury

S6 Contraction of Venereal Disease

S7Sexual Exploitation

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