Utah Administrative Code

The Utah Administrative Code is the body of all effective administrative rules as compiled and organized by the Division of Administrative Rules (see Subsection 63G-3-102(5); see also Sections 63G-3-701 and 702).

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R512. Human Services, Child and Family Services.

Rule R512-203. Child Protective Services, Significant Risk Assessments.

As in effect on January 1, 2020

Table of Contents

R512-203-1. Purpose and Authority.

(1) The purpose of this rule is to define how significant risk assessments are utilized by the Division of Child and Family Services (Child and Family Services).

(2) Pursuant to Section 62A-4a-105, Child and Family Services is authorized to provide Child Protective Services (CPS). Child and Family Services is required by Section 62A-4a-1002 to promulgate a rule for making significant risk assessments.

(3) This rule is authorized by Section 62A-4a-102.

R512-203-2. Definitions.

(1) "Assessment" means an evaluation made to determine if a minor is a risk to other children and whether or not a minor's name should be placed and retained on the Licensing Information System.

(2) "Significant risk" means that a minor is likely to continue perpetrating against other children.

R512-203-3. Significant Risk Assessments.

(1) During the course of a CPS investigation involving allegations of conduct by a juvenile that is identified as severe or chronic as those terms are defined in Sections 62A-4a-101 and 62A-4a-1002, the CPS caseworker shall complete a significant risk assessment to determine whether a juvenile is a significant risk to other children or the community.

(2) To conduct this assessment the CPS caseworker shall use the assessment tool developed by Child and Family Services for the purpose of determining risk presented by the minor. The tool used will be the most current version of the significant risk assessment.

(3) The assessment shall be based upon the facts of the case that are present during the CPS investigation.

(4) The assessment process identified in Section R512-203-3 is not for determining whether the allegation under investigation is supported or unsupported.

(5) The juvenile's age alone is not a reason for determining whether the juvenile presents a significant risk.

(6) The completed significant risk assessment instrument for each minor assessed shall be made a part of the CPS record and shall be classified as Private pursuant to the Government Records Management and Access Act (GRAMA).


child welfare, child abuse

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

October 13, 2010

Notice of Continuation

July 22, 2015

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

62A-4a-102; 62A-4a-105; 62A-4a-1002

Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R512, please contact the promulgating agency (Human Services, Child and Family Services). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.