The investigation unit specialises in conducting in-depth investigations in respect of allegations of neglect, abuse, orphan hood and abandonment. Referrals are received from the Intake Unit as well as through the court system in the form of an “Order to Investigate”.
Social workers, upon the completion of an investigation, will recommend appropriate placement options to the Presiding Officer of the Children’s Court eg: Foster care placements, placements in Child and Youth Care Centres or return to parent with conditions as stipulated within the court order.
• The unit finalised 186 Children’s Court enquiries.
• Foster care placements were done in respect of 215 children.
• A total of 486 Court reports were submitted to the Children’s Court of which 177 were Form 38 reports