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Community Child Protection Teams

CCPT as a Community Resource
CCPT Rational
CCPT Operations
CCPT Members and Membership
CCPT Connection Room
Where can I find CCPT?

CCPT as a Community Resource?

Community Child Protection Team (CCPT)

CCPT General Statute 7B-1406 thru 1413

Legal Authority
Community Child Protection Teams (CCPT) were established as one means for the state and local communities to form a partnership to strengthen child protection.  CCPTs were established in response to Executive Order 142 in May of 1991. The duties and responsibilities of the CCPT were adopted as North Carolina Administrative Code 41I .0400.  The original purpose and composition of the team was further formalized and expanded by G.S. 7B 1406, effective July 1, 1993.

Nature and Purpose of the Community Child Protection Team G.S. 7B 1407

The Community Child Protection Team is an interdisciplinary group of community representatives who meet regularly to promote a community-wide approach to the problem of child abuse and neglect.  There is a CCPT in each county.  CCPTs meet at least quarterly.  The Community Child Protection Team may not encompass a geographic nor governmental area larger than one county. 

The CCPT is a unique opportunity to promote wide community involvement in the prevention of abuse and neglect and in the protection of children at risk.   Local teams have an opportunity to identify and respond to gaps in the county’s prevention/protection response, maximizing the use of limited resources through creative approaches to local issues.


CCPT Rational

CCPT Operations

Identifying Gaps and Deficiencies in the county’s child well-being response
CCPTs were created in response to North Carolina’s identified need for improving the child welfare system.  CCPT membership includes representatives from several child focus agencies and organizations as well as the general public.  The CCPTs responsibility is to identify gaps and deficiencies in the county’s response to protecting children, report findings to the County Board of Commissioners and the state and develop strategies to address the need with consideration given to availability to resources. 

Means of identifying the county’s child well-being needs:

CCPT Tasks

Advocacy and Collaboration
CCPT educates the community about issues that puts children at risk of harm and how this affects families and the community. The knowledge of CCPT members is utilized to develop strategies to effectively respond to child well-being. The sharing of information among members about under-utilized resources in the community help to address service gaps. CCPT informs board of county commissioners and the State about trends in child maltreatment that suggest a need for changes in services and advocate for necessary resources.


Who are CCPT members?
General Statute 7B-1406 Mandates the following members of CCPT:

All counties must have a CCPT.  If the CCPT chooses not to review all child fatalities a separate Child Fatality Prevention Team must be established to review child fatalities that are not related to DSS child welfare services .  A Community Child Protection Team that chooses to review the records of additional (non-CPS) child fatalities shall include the following five additional members:

All child advocates are welcome

Qualities of CCPT Members

Citizens who are interested in participating in the CCPT process should ask themselves:

Training for CCPT Members

Internal Training – Each CCPT will provide new members with an overview of CCPT which will include legal authority, responsibilities, purpose, local activities and a referral to the CCPT webpage.

CCPT members have professional knowledge in their career area.  Members have opportunities to share their knowledge with other team member.

NCDSS CCPT Program Coordinator provides training for new Chairpersons two to four times a year.   Training is provided for local teams at the request of the CCPT as as determined by issues identified by the team or CCPT Program Coordinator.

External Training – CCPT members are encouraged to use opportunities to gain new skills, information, and updates from all sources as they are able.

The National Citizen Review Panels provide training at the annual conference each year.  In addition to information and training, CCPT members are able to network with team members from other states to gain information on how other states use the community teams.

CCPT Training Video

CCPT Webinar

How Can I Benefit from CCPT?

CCPT Connection Room

Advisory Committee
The CCPT Advisory Committee are CCPT members who assist with developing the CCPT End of Year  Report, monitor the state’s response to the recommendations made by CCPTs, review NCDSS CCPT proposals, and updates and pass the information to  CCPTs.

All CCPT members are encouraged to participate on the Advisory Committee at some point.  Members interested in participating on the committee should contact the Committee Leader.

NCDSS CCPT Contact Information

Eric Zechman, Program Manager
Community Based Programs
NC Division of Social Services
820 S. Boylan Ave
McBryde – East, MSC 2410
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27699-2410
Or Terri Reichert, Program Coordinator
820 S. Boylan Ave
McBryde – East, MSC 2406
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27699-2406

All contact changes and reports should be emailed to



Where can I find CCPT?

All North Carolina counties have an active Community Child Protection Team (CCPT). Each CCPT has a chairperson who is the contact person for the CCPT. In many counties the CCPT Chairperson is the Director of the Department of Social Services. If the Director is not the chairperson, the Director will know who the chairperson is and how the chairperson may be contacted.

CCPT Chairperson Roster



North Carolina State Fatality System
CCPT Outline for Non-Fatality Case Review
2012 CCPT End of Year Report
Exploratory Guide for CCPT Discussion
Strengths & Needs Functioning Tool

Here is a recorded webinar training for any interested in knowing what is a Community Child Protection Team



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