Educating and consulting the various disciplines and professions serving children and families in the hospital and community are essential parts of our team's focus.
We reach out to other child-abuse pediatricians, community physicians and pediatricians, social workers, teachers, attorneys, Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) workers, nurses and anyone else whose discipline involves care for children to ensure that everyone is prepared to recognize and respond to suspected cases of child maltreatment.
On a quarterly basis, we train DCFS and law enforcement personnel via our work with the Multi-disciplinary Pediatric Education and Evaluation Consortium of the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center. In FY14, we trained more than 200 professionals on medical aspects of child maltreatment and comprehensive psychosocial assessments
We also host community training like the Annual Child Maltreatment Symposium. This event allows us to train more than 200 multidisciplinary personnel on various child maltreatment topics and draws respected keynote speakers from across the country.