Child Protection Program
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. The Child Protection Program was founded in 1985 and provides service to children, families and professionals dealing with issues of child maltreatment. Our key contributions include providing comprehensive medical evaluations for suspected child abuse and neglect victims, providing crisis counseling services for families, and providing community leadership in education, communication and coordination of services around child maltreatment issues.
Our outstanding faculty members are all board certified in child abuse pediatrics – a newly recognized subspecialty awarding the first certificates in 2010. We support and are supported by a tremendous team of nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, health educators and ancillary staff. One of our newest efforts involves partnering with community pediatricians across the state of Indiana to be Docs InCASE (Indiana Child Abuse Special Evaluators) providing Indiana Child Abuse Special Evaluations and assisting in community education efforts.
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 base driven – the goal of providing objective assessment to help figure out the extent of injury and ascertain if a medical cause or accidental mechanism accounts for the injury pattern.