CHILD PROTECTION TEAM
The Child Protection Team (CPT) provides comprehensive medical evaluations in our weekly outpatient clinic and through inpatient and emergency department consultations at Children's Hospital Colorado. Children's offers the only hospital based multidisciplinary child abuse program in Colorado. We proudly meet the designation criteria of Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) as a Child Abuse Center of Excellence.
Our department’s physicians are among the first in the country - and among the only ones in Colorado - to be board certified in the field of Child Abuse Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics.
Family and child evaluation for suspected maltreatment includes family support and education about the behavioral and emotional impact of child maltreatment. Best practice care and treatment is offered in the most sensitive and family centered manner.
Multidisciplinary Child Protection and Advocacy
In 1977, Children's Hospital Colorado formed its very own active child advocacy team to comply with mandatory reporting laws and provide a coordinated approach to evaluation and treatment for children. This team later combined with the University of Colorado-based Kempe Center team during the affiliation of our pediatric programs.
Over time, our role has greatly expanded. Today, families, human services and law enforcement agencies, healthcare professionals and educators throughout the entire Rocky Mountain region turn to the only hospital-based multidisciplinary child protection team in Colorado for consultation and support.
Problems Diagnosed and Treated
Suspected or confirmed child abuse or neglect, including:
Comprehensive medical evaluations in our weekly child protection team clinics
Family and child evaluation for suspected maltreatment
Family support, including education about the behavioral and emotional impact of child maltreatment
Inpatient, outpatient and emergency department consultations
Expert testimony in juvenile and criminal courts
Behavioral health care for consequences of child abuse or neglect in partnership with The Kempe Center
Non-Accidental Brain Injury Clinic in partnership with Specialty Rehabilitation Clinics
Education and training for hospital and community providers on child abuse and neglect issues
Coordination of care with primary care physicians
Coordination of care with the Emergency Department, Trauma Program and Clinical Social Work Department