Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S04-03-02
Chicago Children's Advocacy Center
Issue Date:28 December 2012Effective Date:28 December 2012
Rescinds:5 August 2001 Version
Index Category:Preliminary Investigations
I.Purpose
This directive continues the:
  • A.Chicago Children's Advocacy Center (CCAC).
  • B.CCACs Forensic Child Interview Program.
  • C.notification procedures for preliminary investigators when reporting:
    • 1.all sexual abuse/assault cases of children 0 through 12 years of age, and
    • 2.family-related sexual abuse/assault cases of children 0 through 17 years of age.
II.General Information
  • A.On 05 August 2001 at 0800 hours, the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center became fully operational for Department purposes. The CCAC is a comprehensive, child-focused program that allows a multi-disciplinary team composed of members from the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of the Youth Investigations Division, Cook County States Attorneys Office, Department of Children and Family Services, and Cook County Hospital to work together at one location.
  • B.The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has the follow-up responsibility for:
    • 1.all sexual abuse/assault cases of children 0 through 12 years of age and family-related sexual abuse/assault cases of children 0 through 17 years of age.
    • 2.all sexual abuse/assault cases of children 0 through 17 years of age in an institutional setting where the alleged offender is a person in a position of trust or authority.
  • C.Either a  Child Abuse Hotline notification and/or a police case report is required prior to a referral into the CCAC.
III.Notification Procedures
For all cases of sexual abuse/assault of children 0 through 12 years of age and cases of family-related sexual abuse/assault of children 0 through 17 years of age, the preliminary investigator will:
  • A.ensure that emergency medical attention, if required, is immediately obtained.
  • B.follow procedures in accordance with the Department directives entitled "Abused and Neglected Child Offenses" and "Minors In Need of Medical Care."
  • C.In addition to those required by other Department directives, make the following notifications:
    • 1.During regular hours of operation (Monday through Friday from 0800 - 2300 hours and weekends and holidays from 0800 - 1600 hours):
      • a.notify the  CCAC .
      • b.fax a copy of the case report to the  CCAC police notification fax number.
    • 2.During Off-Hours (Monday through Friday from 2300 - 0800 hours and on weekends and holidays from 1600 - 0800 hours):
      • a.notify the CCAC.
      • b.fax a copy of the case report to the Youth Investigations Division Headquarters on-duty unit commanding officer.
  • D.All cases that do not fit the criteria of the CCAC will remain with the appropriate area detective/investigator.
    NOTE:
    This does not preclude the area detective/investigator from requesting assistance and/or a forensic child interview .
(Items indicated by italics/double underline were revised or added.)
Authenticated by: JKH
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
00-060 / 12-003 DGM [PMD]/JB
PHONE BOOK:
1.
Child Abuse Hotline
1-800-25-ABUSE
2.
Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (CCAC)
1240 South Damen, Chicago, Illinois 60608-1122
312-492-3800
FAX - 312-492-3830
Monday through Friday: 0800 - 2300 hours and weekends/holidays: 0800 - 1600 hours
3.
Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (CCAC)
1240 South Damen, Chicago, Illinois 60608-1122
312-492-3800
FAX - 312-492-3830
Monday through Friday: 0800 - 2300 hours and weekends/holidays: 0800 - 1600 hours
GLOSSARY TERMS:
1. -
Any of the following:
  • A.a parent or other family member, i.e., brother, sister, grandparent (whether
    whole/half blood, step or adopted);
  • B.other relative by blood or marriage, i.e., aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or
    cousin;
  • C.a foster parent or guardian;
  • D.any person responsible for the child’s welfare within the child’s home
    environment, e.g., babysitter in the home;
  • E.any individual residing in the same home as the child (regardless of
    duration).
2. -
A fact-finding conversation with a child intended to gather all relevant information on a case. The forensic interview is structured to decrease trauma to the child by reducing the number of times the child is interviewed. Multi-disciplinary team members listen and observe while behind a one-way mirror.