In 2015, nearly 312,000 children were interviewed at child advocacy centers around the country. These were alleged victims of sexual or physical abuse (or neglect) or had witnessed the abuse or maltreatment of someone else.
Integral to the investigation of these cases—and to the continued safety and welfare of the vulnerable children—are multidisciplinary teams (MDTs). These special teams, composed of child protection professionals, work in tandem to explore the details of abuse allegations as well as provide necessary trauma assessments and treatment to child victims and their families. While structure and individual team protocol vary based on community needs, MDT members can include the following: Read more