A team ready to help
The Child Protection Team works collaboratively to ensure the best outcome for children and families.
The Child Protection Team is a medically directed program offering expert evaluation of alleged child abuse and neglect. Our multidisciplinary team includes case managers, medical professionals and psychologists who assess risk factors and recommend services to protect children and help strengthen families.
Co-located within Children’s Advocacy Centers in Orange and Osceola counties, our Child Protection Team services supplement the child protective investigations of the Florida Department of Children and Families and law enforcement.
With a referral from the Department of Children and Families or law enforcement, our Child Protection Team can provide the following services:
• Medical examinations at Children’s Advocacy Centers in Orange and Osceola counties and local hospitals
• Psychosocial assessments
• Multidisciplinary team staffings
• Psychological evaluations
• Video recorded forensic (fact finding) interviews of children
• Expert court testimony
• 24/7 consultation and emergency services
• Training to community professionals on abuse and neglect indicators
The Child Protection Team program operates on the premise that child abuse and neglect is a multifaceted problem requiring a multidisciplinary response to child protective investigations.
Services are provided without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability or religion. In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Justice policy, this organization is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, call the Department of Legal Affairs, Federal Discrimination Complaint Coordinator, PL-01 The Capitol, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399, or call 850-414-3300, or write Office for Civil Rights, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, 810 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20531 or call 202-307-0690 (Voice) or 202-307-2027 (TDD/TYY). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may also contact OCR through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 (TTY), 877-877-8982 (Speech), or 800-845-6136 (Spanish).For more information or a disability accommodation, please contact our main office.
The law in Florida states that anyone who knows or has reason to suspect that a child has been abused, abandoned or neglected by an adult is required to report their concerns to the Florida Abuse Hotline by calling 1.800.96.ABUSE (1.800.962.2873).
When a suspicion of child abuse or neglect is reported to the Florida Abuse Hotline or law enforcement and accepted for investigation, the child is automatically eligible for Child Protection Team services. There are no financial criteria for receiving program services.
Mandatory referral criteria
The law in Florida also mandates that certain types of child abuse and neglect reports must be referred to the Child Protection Team by the Department of Children and Families. These include allegations involving:
- Injuries to the head, bruises to the neck or head, burns, or fractures in a child of any age;
- Bruises anywhere on a child five years of age or younger;
- Any report alleging sexual abuse of a child;
- Any sexually transmitted disease in a prepubescent child;
- Reported malnutrition or failure of a child to thrive;
- Reported medical neglect of a child;
- Symptoms of serious psychological problems in a child when emotional or other abuse, abandonment, or neglect is suspected;
- A sibling or other child remaining in a home where one or more children have been pronounced dead on arrival or have been injured and later died as a result of suspected abuse, abandonment or neglect.
These include cases involving more serious injuries to children, such as head and neck injuries, bone fractures and burns as well as cases of suspected sexual abuse and medical neglect. Cases involving bruises to young children or the suspicious death of a sibling must also be referred to the Child Protection Team for assessment.
In addition to the online training available on this website, the Child Protection Team provides in-person training on child abuse and neglect indicators to medical professionals, Department of Children and Families staff, law enforcement, school personnel and other community professionals. This includes child abuse overviews as well as specific training to develop and maintain professional skills needed for handling child abuse, abandonment and neglect cases.
To promote the safety and well-being of Florida’s children by providing medically-led multidisciplinary assessment services for children suspected of being abused or neglected.
Sponsored by Orlando Health and the State of Florida, Department of Health.
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