Can the case worker reveal photos with identifying marks/items/places to the suspected abuser?
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I mean, if they did it, they clearly 'can' do it. I think what you're asking is, is there any redress for you, or negative consequence that you can impose upon the CPS worker for this potential mistake? And the answer is, no. CPS and its case workers, like all government offices and officers, have sovereign immunity to lawsuits for actions taken in the course of their duties.
Child abuse reports are supposed to be anonymous, and identifying information in the written summaries are supposed to be redacted. I have reviewed many such reports in my career, and I've occasionally seen embarrassing mistakes (the most memorable being "[NAME REDACTED], the child's maternal grandmother, said..."). You likely can't sue over it. CPS infuriates everyone they work with. Everyone always wants to sue them, every single case. To prevent a total backlog of the court system with these claims, the rules limiting legal actions against CPS for its duties have evolved to become quite strict.
If the accused abuser takes any sort of action against you as result of this, you should report that to CPS, as it would likely help bolster their case.
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