Advocacy Through Collaboration
Posted 04/07/2011 by Childhelp
The five children's advocacy centers under the Childhelp® umbrella utilize a highly effective, one-stop approach to the investigation of child abuse. Role models of community collaboration, the centers provide a child-friendly facility at which members of the investigative team interview, medically examine, provide and refer treatment for abused children while pursuing the prosecution of offenders.
Advocacy Centers in Arizona, Tennessee, Virginia and Colorado have multidisciplinary teams that typically include professionals in the areas of law enforcement, child protective services, medicine, mental health and prosecution.
Investigations into child abuse can be very difficult experiences for children, so these centers work hard to reduce the number of interviews a child victim must endure and create a comfortable, child-friendly environment. They also greatly reduce the time victims and their families spend assisting with the investigation because all services are provided at one location. What once took weeks can often be achieved in hours.
Advocacy centers also allow police and Child Protective Services to process cases more efficiently and enable quicker prosecutions.
Child abuse investigations took place long before there were Childhelp advocacy centers. However, our hope is that, with the advocacy centers, families will be helped much more efficiently and children will be ensured a voice in the process.blog comments powered by Disqus