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CPT Services for Professionals

Upon acceptance of a referral from the Department of Children and Families or law enforcement, the Child Protection Team (CPT) may provide one or more of the following services. In order for CPT to be involved in a case there has to an open investigation and the child referred for services has to be identified as an alleged victim on the abuse report or be informed that they will be changed to a victim.

Medical Evaluation: Medical diagnosis and evaluation includes a medical history and conducting a physical evaluation that could include x-ray, lab or other diagnostic procedures, performed by a CPT physician or qualified medical provider, when a physical examination of a child is needed to assess allegations of abuse or neglect.

Medical Consultations: Medical consultation is provided to render a medical opinion regarding abuse/neglect on a child(ren) that already has been evaluated by a non-CPT medical provider. Medical consultations involve situations where the CPI (or court) requests CPT to assist with a medical opinion. Consultations should not substitute for a CPT medical examination.

Specialized Interview: A specialized interview is an interview with a child or a family member of the child’s family for the purpose of gathering clinical data, family functioning, family history, or other information for assisting with the assessment of the alleged child maltreatment. Specialized interviews are information gathering in nature, and include the development of a risk assessment, and may be more flexible, not following an interview protocol.

Psychological Evaluations: The Child Protection Team may recommend a psychological evaluation of a child or family member in order to provide a comprehensive assessment of an individual’s emotional, behavioral, psychological, or intellectual functioning. These evaluations are particularly helpful in identifying the short and long-term psychological effects of abuse, identifying factors that predispose families to the abuse or neglect of children, and in identifying and determining the appropriate mental health needs and interventions.

Forensic Interview: A forensic interview is a structured interview to elicit a complete and accurate narrative of facts from the alleged child victim in a manner that is legally sound, neutral, and fact finding in nature, to determine whether the child has been abused or is at imminent risk and, if so, by whom. Forensic interviews are conducted by qualified staff that have specialized training in forensic interviewing. Children are interviewed on a one to one basis with the Department of Children and Families and law enforcement monitoring the interview on a closed circuit system in another room.

Psychosocial Assessment: A psychosocial assessment is an evaluation of the history of the child and the child’s family system, conducted by a case coordinator or other trained professional. This involves a systematic process of gathering information from which conclusions and recommendations regarding issues of possible child maltreatment are formulated. The psychosocial assessment includes separate interviews of all key members of the immediate family unless specific reasons are documented for why these could not occur, and may include interviews of extended family members or others who directly impact family dynamics. The assessment assists in assessing allegations, identifying risk factors in the case, identifying pertinent family dynamics, ascertaining family strengths and weaknesses, and determining the needs of the family.

Child Protection Team Staffing: A Child Protection Team staffing is a meeting scheduled and led by the Child Protection Team, which may include, but is not limited to, representatives from medical, psychological or mental health (i.e., psychologist, licensed mental health counselor, LCSW, LMFT), legal (CPT Attorney, GAL attorney, CWLS, SA), social worker or case manager, a representative from DCF or sheriff’s office, and designated community-based care providers who have primary responsibility for the case, and other professionals who have interacted with the child and family. Participants in the staffing will be determined by the needs of the child.

Court Activity: Section 39.303 (1)(e), Florida Statutes, requires Child Protection Team to provide expert medical, psychological, and related professional testimony in court cases. Depositions and court testimonies in criminal and family court require court orders for members of the Child Protection Team to release records and information.

Training: Section 39.303(1)(h), Florida  Statutes, requires that Child Protection Teams provide training to physicians and other medical personnel and to professionals, including but not limited to DCF staff, law enforcement, school personnel and GALs, on the identification or determination of abuse or neglect. Training includes public and media presentations on child abuse as well as specific training designed to develop and maintain the professional skills and abilities of those handling child abuse, abandonment and neglect cases.

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Main Office:
Child Protection Center, Inc.
720 South Orange Ave.
Sarasota, Florida 34236
Phone: 941.365.1277
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2210 S. Tamiami Tr.
Venice, Florida 34293
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