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235A.13 Definitions.

As used in sections 235A.13 to 235A.23, unless the context otherwise requires:

1. "Child abuse information" means any or all of the following data maintained by the department in a manual or automated data storage system and individually identified:

a. Report data.

b. Investigation data.

c. Disposition data.

2. "Confidentiality" means the withholding of information from any manner of communication, public or private.

3. "Disposition data" means information pertaining to an opinion or decision as to the occurrence of child abuse, including:

a. Any intermediate or ultimate opinion or decision reached by investigative personnel.

b. Any opinion or decision reached in the course of judicial proceedings.

c. The present status of any case.

4. "Expungement" means the process of destroying child abuse information.

5. "Individually identified" means any report, investigation or disposition data which names the person or persons responsible or believed responsible for the child abuse.

6. "Investigation data" means information pertaining to the evaluation of report data, including:

a. Additional information as to the nature, extent and cause of the injury, and the identity of persons responsible therefor.

b. The names and conditions of other children in the home.

c. The child's home environment and relationships with parents or others responsible for the child's care.

7. "Multidisciplinary team" means a group of individuals who possess knowledge and skills related to the diagnosis, assessment, and disposition of child abuse cases and who are professionals practicing in the disciplines of medicine, nursing, public health, substance abuse, mental health, social work, child development, education, law, juvenile probation, or law enforcement, or a group established pursuant to section 235B.1, subsection 1.

8. "Report data" means information pertaining to any occasion involving or reasonably believed to involve child abuse, including:

a. The name and address of the child and the child's parents or other persons responsible for the child's care.

b. The age of the child.

c. The nature and extent of the injury, including evidence of any previous injury.

d. Any other information believed to be helpful in establishing the cause of the injury and the identity of the person or persons responsible therefor.

9. "Sealing" means the process of removing child abuse information from authorized access as provided by this chapter.

Section History: Early form

[C75, 77, 79, 81, § 235A.13; 82 Acts, ch 1066, § 1]

Section History: Recent form

84 Acts, ch 1035, § 2; 87 Acts, ch 153, § 9; 87 Acts, ch 182, § 1; 92 Acts, ch 1143, § 2

Internal References

Referred to in § 232.68, 232.71, 232.71A, 235A.12, 331.909


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