The Child Assessment Center provides responsive and timely medical assessment and treatment along with interviews of children and family members for those who have experienced child abuse. Using a child advocacy center model of care, children and adolescents are seen for comprehensive evaluations of alleged abuse or neglect by a multi-disciplinary team that includes medicine, social work, law enforcement, and child protective services. The clinic visit includes: a complete medical and social history including review of relevant records; a psycho-social assessment of the family with an emphasis on mental health needs; a medical-forensic interview of the child; a complete physical examination; and, consultation with available social service or law enforcement personnel to enhance health, safety and protection.
As appropriate to the circumstances of the abuse, specimen collection to evaluate for sexually transmitted infections is completed, evidence collection for acute sexual assault is obtained, and/or evaluations are conducted to rule out medical conditions in evaluations of suspected physical abuse. A comprehensive report is completed (forensic interview, medical evaluation, mental health assessment) after the evaluation, and information is provided to the appropriate authorities.
To learn more about the Child Assessment Center, or make a referral, contact:
The Child Assessment Center at The Center for Family Safety and Healing
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
655 East Livingston Avenue
Columbus, OH 43205