If the authorities open up a case based on the information you report to them they will assign a case worker and/or a detective to the case. Child protective services prioritize their cases based on the immediate level of danger to the child.
A child in immediate danger, such as in the case where the abuse was very recent and the perpetrator lives in the child’s home, is given much higher priority than a case that involves a child who was abused 2 years ago, does not have contact with the alleged perpetrator, and is just deciding to report now.
Based on the priority level given to the case and case work load of each worker or detective it may take up to a week or more before anything happens with the case. Generally caseworkers have to go out and make what’s called an official "face to face" contact with the child to determine their safety level. They will go out to the child’s home and introduce themselves and will sometimes set up an appointment to interview the child at the Children’s Justice Center.
If the report is made to law enforcement first instead of child protective services, a responding officer may come out directly to the child’s home and take a preliminary report and then refer the case to a detective who will contact child protective services and the parents of the child. If the child’s parents are the alleged perpetrators, the child may be interviewed at school, or another location away from the parents.
Cases involving children in immediate danger are labeled as red tags and are generally given the highest priority. Contact is usually made within an hour of the report based on the allegation.