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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Child protection. Allows a local child protection service to initiate an investigation of alleged child abuse or neglect, in the absence of anyone having filed a report that a child may be a victim of child abuse or neglect, if the child protection service has actual knowledge that a child may be a child in need of services under certain circumstances. Requires child abuse or neglect investigations initiated without a report to follow the same procedures as investigations initiated by receipt of a report. Provides that a child is a child in need of services if: (1) the child's parent, guardian, or custodian has: (A) had a previous substantiated report of abuse or neglect reviewed and approved by a court; or (B) been convicted of certain sex offenses; (2) there is a substantial risk that the parent, guardian, or custodian is likely to abuse or neglect the child; and (3) the child needs care, treatment, or rehabilitation that the child is not receiving and is unlikely to be provided or accepted without the coercive intervention of the court.