The Multidisciplinary Team Approach

The investigation of child abuse is a team effort. Law enforcement officers, prosecutors, mental health and medical personnel, Child Protective Services, advocates and other community agencies make up the multidisciplinary team that address every aspect of a child abuse case. Our center serves as the central meeting place where team members gather to begin the investigative process and to insure that the victim and non-offending family members get appropriate care.

Collaboration among the various professionals involved in a sexual abuse case helps to reduce the number of interviews and the number of people to whom a child must report. This improves the quality of evidence collected and thus strengthens the prosecution of sex offenders.

Children and their families feel less trauma when agencies work together and community resources are utilized more efficiently.

Research indicates that this approach saves tax payers approximately $1000 per case compared to non-multidisciplinary team approaches.