Referrals are normally received from law enforcement regarding violations of law. An investigation into what happened, as well as what the consequences will be is explored with the child and family.
Recommendations are made to the District Attorney's office and sometimes involve Juvenile Court intervention.
There are a wide variety of community services which the child and family can receive. In some situations, social workers will work with children and families on a voluntary basis.
Social workers provide custody intake. Sometimes, an emergency situation arises which requires a social worker to make a determination of whether a child needs to be held in physical custody because allegations of serious law violation or because of maltreatment.