Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

2.15.10 Investigation of Female Genital Mutilation

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
Chapter 2-Child Protective Services (CPS) Intake and Investigation
2.15.10 Investigation of Female Genital Mutilation

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The SSW:
  1. Initiates the report within twenty-four (24) hours of receipt unless there are high risk factors that need to be addressed sooner;
  2. Investigates the report jointly with law enforcement:
    1. Interviews the perpetrator, only with law enforcment; and 
    2. Shares information throughtout the investigation.  
  3. Conducts interviews relevant to the investigation;
  4. Assesses the child’s safety throughout the investigation;
  5. Investigates whether or not the mutilation occurred in other states or countries, or whether the victim resided in other states or countries;
  6. Completes consultation with the Child Protective Services Branch (502-564-2136 or as needed for guidance during the investigation and prior to approval of the assessment;
  7. Makes reasonable efforts to keep children with their parent(s), or reunite them with their parent(s);
  8. Makes appropriate service referrals for victims and their family members;
  9. Includes an assessment of the individual who is responsible for the mutilation;
  10. Initiates court activity, as necessary, to ensure the child’s safety;
  11. Completes a familial risk assessment as part of the investigation;
  12. Makes a finding based on the risk assessment and family’s need for services; and
  13. Mails the appropriate findings letters and appeals forms to caretaker perpetrators per SOP 2.13 Notification of Finding and Case Disposition.

Contingencies and Clarifications

When appropriate, the SSW should complete the following tasks: 
    1. ​​Notify the child’s attorney that the child may be a victim of female genital mutilation (status offender only);
    2. Contact other states to request courtesy interviews for identified individuals who may have information relevant to the investigation; and ​
    3. Conduct forensic interviews of child victims at the Children's Advocacy Center jointly with law enforcement (KRS 620.040(6)).

​Related Resources

  • ​​When interviewing non-English speaking individuals, please refer to SOP 1.14 Limited English Proficiency for assistance. ​





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