What should you do if you are questioned regarding a child abuse (IAIU) investigation?

  • See your SWEA building rep immediately. S/he will contact our NJEA Uniserv rep.
  • Do not make any statements at all, to anyone, including administrators, police, etc., until you talk to your NJEA Uniserv rep.
  • Our Uniserv rep will refer you to an attorney, who will advise you as to how to proceed.

Click the links below to read about the most recent decision and advisory from one of the NJEA network attorneys. Pease review the documents and analysis by Arnold Mellk, Esq. of a recent decision from the NJ Supreme Court on the issue of the “not established” category of finding that is often issued by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency. The Court imposed additional due process protections for individuals who were being investigated by requiring DCF to provide the accused with a summary of its expected findings in advance of releasing them and an opportunity to rebut prior to the final issuance of its determination. This is encouraging for our members.

6-3-2020 Mellk summary of S.C. v. NJ Dept. of Children & Families

SC v New Jersey Department of Children and Families

Ray v Blake