Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

The Value of Regional Consultation Teams for Difficult Cases of Child Abuse and Neglect

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

The Value of Regional Consultation Teams for Difficult Cases of Child Abuse and Neglect

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First created by C. Henry Kempe, MD, and social work colleagues in three American states, child protection teams are now found in every state, and many countries of the world. Published research that provides indications of positive outcomes for maltreated children, whose cases are reviewed by teams, and positive effects on participating child protection professionals, will be reviewed. While most child protection teams serve a focused local community, there are underserved areas, such as large expanses of scattered human populations and unique populations with high needs, that can be supported inexpensively but effectively by creating a secondary or tertiary regional consultation team. As technology has advanced, creating a network of specialized medical, social work, behavioral health, developmental disability, substance abuse, law enforcement and legal professionals has become more practical. An important illustration of distance consultation services is the State and Regional Team (START) program based at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. START was piloted in 1986 as a Federal project, and has continued since with the financial support and referrals from the states it serves (currently Colorado, Wyoming, Alaska, Nebraska, and Montana). …

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