Chapter 26.44 RCW

(Formerly Abuse of children and adult dependent persons)

RCW Sections

26.44.010Declaration of purpose.
26.44.015Limitations of chapter.
26.44.030Reports -- Duty and authority to make -- Duty of receiving agency -- Duty to notify -- Case planning and consultation -- Penalty for unauthorized exchange of information -- Filing dependency petitions -- Investigations -- Interviews of children -- Records -- Risk assessment process.
26.44.031Records -- Maintenance and disclosure -- Destruction of screened-out, unfounded, or inconclusive reports -- Rules -- Proceedings for enforcement.
26.44.032Legal defense of public employee.
26.44.035Response to complaint by more than one agency -- Procedure -- Written records.
26.44.040Reports -- Oral, written -- Contents.
26.44.050Abuse or neglect of child -- Duty of law enforcement agency or department of social and health services -- Taking child into custody without court order, when.
26.44.053Guardian ad litem, appointment -- Examination of person having legal custody -- Hearing -- Procedure.
26.44.056Protective detention or custody of abused child -- Reasonable cause -- Notice -- Time limits -- Monitoring plan -- Liability.
26.44.060Immunity from civil or criminal liability -- Confidential communications not violated -- Actions against state not affected -- False report, penalty.
26.44.061False reporting -- Statement warning against -- Determination letter and referral.
26.44.063Temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction -- Enforcement -- Notice of modification or termination of restraining order.
26.44.067Temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction -- Contents -- Notice -- Noncompliance--Defense -- Penalty.
26.44.075Inclusion of number of child abuse reports and cases in prosecuting attorney's annual report.
26.44.080Violation -- Penalty.
26.44.100Information about rights -- Legislative purpose -- Notification of investigation, report, and findings.
26.44.105Information about rights -- Oral and written information -- Copies of dependency petition and any court order.
26.44.110Information about rights -- Custody without court order -- Written statement required -- Contents.
26.44.115Child taken into custody under court order -- Information to parents.
26.44.120Information about rights -- Notice to noncustodial parent.
26.44.125Alleged perpetrators -- Right to review and amendment of finding -- Hearing.
26.44.130Arrest without warrant.
26.44.140Treatment for abusive person removed from home.
26.44.150Temporary restraining order restricting visitation for persons accused of sexually or physically abusing a child--Penalty for violating court order.
26.44.160Allegations that child under twelve committed sex offense--Investigation--Referral to prosecuting attorney--Referral to department--Referral for treatment.
26.44.170Alleged child abuse or neglect -- Use of alcohol or controlled substances as contributing factor -- Evaluation.
26.44.180Investigation of child sexual abuse -- Protocols -- Documentation of agencies' roles.
26.44.185Investigation of child sexual abuse -- Revision and expansion of protocols -- Child fatality, child physical abuse, and criminal child neglect cases.
26.44.190Investigation of child abuse or neglect -- Participation by law enforcement officer.
26.44.195Negligent treatment or maltreatment -- Offer of services -- Evidence of substance abuse -- In-home services -- Initiation of dependency proceedings.
26.44.200Methamphetamine manufacture -- Presence of child.
26.44.210Alleged child abuse or neglect at center for childhood deafness and hearing loss -- Investigation by department -- Investigation report.
26.44.220Abuse of adolescents -- Staff training curriculum.
26.44.240Out-of-home care -- Emergency placement--Criminal history record check.
26.44.250Arrest upon drug or alcohol-related driving offense -- Child protective services notified if child is present and operator is a parent, guardian, or custodian.
26.44.260Family assessment response.
26.44.270Family assessment -- Recommendation of services.
26.44.272Family assessment -- Assessment for child safety and well-being -- Referral to preschool, child care, or early learning programs -- Communicating with and assisting families.
26.44.280Liability limited.
26.44.900Severability -- 1975 1st ex.s. c 217.


Child abuse, investigation: RCW 74.13.031.

Child abuse and neglect training for participants in early childhood education programs: RCW 43.63A.066.

Council for children and families: Chapter 43.121 RCW.

Day care -- Information to parents and providers: RCW 74.15.200.

Domestic violence prevention: Chapter 26.50 RCW.

Missing children clearinghouse and hot line: Chapter 13.60 RCW.

Persons over sixty, abuse: Chapter 74.34 RCW.

Primary prevention program for child abuse and neglect: RCW 28A.300.160.

Record checks: RCW 43.43.830 through 43.43.840 and 43.20A.710.

School districts to develop policies and participate in programs: RCW 28A.230.080.

Witness of offense against child, duty: RCW 9.69.100.