2009 California Welfare and Institutions Code - Section 18982-18982.4 :: Article 2. Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Councils ..

WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS CODE
SECTION 18982-18982.4

18982.  A child abuse prevention coordinating council is a community
council whose primary purpose is to coordinate the community's
efforts to prevent and respond to child abuse.

18982.1.  Councils funded by this chapter shall encourage
representatives from the following:
   (a) Public child welfare services, including the following:
   (1) The county welfare or children's services department.
   (2) The probation department.
   (3) Licensing agencies.
   (b) The criminal justice system, including the following:
   (1) Law enforcement.
   (2) The office of the district attorney.
   (3) The courts.
   (4) The coroner.
   (c) Prevention and treatment services communities, including the
following:
   (1) Medical and mental health services.
   (2) Community-based social services.
   (3) Public and private schools.
   (d) Community representatives, including the following:
   (1) Community volunteers.
   (2) Civic organizations.
   (3) The religious community.

18982.2.  The functions of a council shall include, but not be
limited to, the following:
   (a) To provide a forum for interagency cooperation and
coordination in the prevention, detection, treatment, and legal
processing of child abuse cases.
   (b) To promote public awareness of the abuse and neglect of
children and the resources available for intervention and treatment.
   (c) To encourage and facilitate training of professionals in the
detection, treatment, and prevention of child abuse and neglect.
   (d) To recommend improvements in services to families and victims.
   (e) To encourage and facilitate community support for child abuse
and neglect programs.

18982.3.  Councils may form committees to carry out specific
functions, such as the following:
   (a) Interagency coordination committees.
   (b) Multidisciplinary personnel teams.
   (c) Professional training committees.
   (d) Public awareness committees.
   (e) Service improvement committees.
   (f) Advocacy committees.
   (g) Fundraising committees.

18982.4.  The multidisciplinary personnel team provisions of
subdivision (l) of Section 5328, subdivision (d) of Section 18951,
and Section 18961 shall apply to child abuse prevention coordinating
councils funded under this chapter.

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