For Alleged Perpetrators

This information is for those who have been identified as perpetrators or alleged perpetrators of child abuse and/or neglect.

The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services is required to investigate allegations of child abuse and/or neglect. Based on an investigation, the Department makes a finding on whether the allegation is substantiated (child abuse and/or neglect occurred).

A person identified in an investigation as an alleged perpetrator may be substantiated (found to have committed child abuse and/or neglect) or unsubstantiated (not found to have committed child abuse and/or neglect).

As a person who has been identified as an alleged perpetrator, you have rights and responsibilities related to these allegations. This section provides you with additional information regarding these rights and responsibilities and any further action you may take.

Appealing a Substantiation 

If you have been substantiated in a CPS investigation, you can find more information regarding additional rights under the appeals and due process information page