Each Child at Risk Response Team consists of one Constable and one Child Welfare Investigator with Children Services. CARRT investigates the following:
- Incidents involving imminent risk to children caused by neglect and/or physical or sexual abuse.
- Incidents involving a caregiver who is unable or unwilling to provide adequate care to any child in their charge.
- Requests for assistance from EPS members and/or Child Welfare investigators involving a child welfare investigation.
- Action requests from Child Welfare that originate from the Crisis Unit or any Neighbourhood Centre in Edmonton.
- Requests for investigation that originate from the Sergeant i/c CARRT.
- Incidents involving the welfare of any child that has been placed with Children Services.
CARRT is available 7 days a week and provides front line service for investigations involving children at risk.
Within the team, the EPS Constable and Child Welfare investigator provide services for children and their caregivers that their respective agencies have access to. One of the main goals of each CARRT investigation is to improve a child’s immediate environment and provide services to the affected families that aim to educate the caregivers and improve their ability to raise their children.