The Child Protection Program at Indiana University School of Medicine includes multi-disciplinary clinical services and professional education to improve the evaluation and care of maltreated children. Our faculty members are all board certified in child abuse pediatrics—a newly recognized subspecialty awarding the first certificates in 2010. Faculty members support and are supported by an expert team of nurses, social workers, health educators and ancillary staff.
Our team offers consultation to health care providers, child protection services, law enforcement and other professionals in cases of suspected child maltreatment. We may consult by phone only, offer a record review of a case, or see the child in consultation depending on the request. Our consultations are objective and evidence based, providing objective assessment to help determine the extent of injury and whether a medical cause or accidental mechanism accounts for the injury pattern.
Working together, our team provides a wide range of services to children, families and professionals, including:
- Evaluation of suspected victims of child abuse and/or neglect
- Crisis counseling services for families
- Professional consultation for healthcare providers, child protection services, law enforcement officers or other professionals
- Expert testimony in legal settings when required
- Professional education
Here are some of the ways we are making a difference in central Indiana and throughout the state.
- Pediatric Center of Hope (PCOH, Child Sexual Abuse Clinic). This clinic provides comprehensive medical evaluation for children alleged to have been sexually abused.
- Crisis Counseling Services. These services are an extension of the Pediatric Center of Hope and bridge the gap in services from the time a child is identified as a possible child sexual abuse victim to the four to eight week time frame in which formal ongoing counseling may become available.
- Trauma Treatment Services. These services include the provision of cognitive behavioral therapy for victims of child maltreatment.
- Child Abuse Consultation Service. This service provides comprehensive medical evaluations for children referred to our program by medical providers or child protective services and alleged to have been physically abused or neglected.
- Pediatric Evaluation and Diagnostic Services (PEDS) Program. This program provides statewide multidisciplinary education on medical issues relating to child maltreatment and offers consultation to the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) on cases of suspected child maltreatment.
- Parental Support. We promote positive parenting skills designed to prevent child abuse and neglect through the Kohl’s Caring for Our Kids Campaign.
- Community Involvement. We actively serve on numerous community and state committees addressing child maltreatment issues such as the Marion County Child Fatality Review Team, Indiana State Child Fatality Review Team, Marion County Child Protection Team, Indiana Children’s Justice Act Task Force and others. We also serve as the medical provider for several child advocacy centers in Central Indiana.
- Docs INCASE (Indiana Child Abuse Screening and Education). This newly developed program, involves partnering with community pediatricians across the state of Indiana to provide services and assist in community education efforts.
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The Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship is an accredited three-year subspecialty program providing multidisciplinary training and experience for a pediatrician to become an expert in child abuse pediatrics. We have one of only 13 Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship programs certified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Campbell, A.M., & Thompson, S.L. (2015). The emotional maltreatment of children in domestically violent homes: Identifying gaps in education and addressing common misconceptions. Child Abuse & Neglect, 48, 39-49. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.08.009.