The Child Protection Program offers consultation to health care providers, child protection services, law enforcement and other professionals in cases of suspected child maltreatment. Services include consultation by phone, a record review of a case, or seeing the child in consultation, depending on the request. Consultations are objective and evidence-based with the goal of providing objective assessment to determine the extent of injury and ascertain if a medical cause or accidental mechanism accounts for the injury pattern.
One of the most rewarding issues in child abuse pediatrics work is finding the balance, working to ensure that every child gets an appropriate evaluation and ensuring the evaluation for injuries is complete, reasonable. Medical conditions are evaluated and accidental mechanisms of injury are considered. Over the past five years, the Child Protection Program has expanded to include five board certified child abuse pediatricians. The volume of consultations has increased from just over 1400 consultations per year to 6000 consultations and growing, reaching areas throughout the state.