While many child abuse and neglect investigations are conducted by child protective services staff or law enforcement alone, many are conducted by teams composed of various types of professionals. Also on this page, State and local examples.
Child Abuse and Neglect: Multidisciplinary Approaches
Winton & Mara (2001)
General assessment and intervention strategies, including the roles of professionals in multidisciplinary intervention teams.
Evaluating Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Training: A Comprehensive Program and Questionnaire
Issues in Child Abuse Accusations, 15(5), 2005
Provides a step-by-step, how-to evaluation of a child abuse investigation training.
Forming a Multidisciplinary Team to Investigate Child Abuse (Portable Guides to Investigating Child Abuse)
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice (2000)
Delineates the benefits that a multidisciplinary team offers and provides advice on forming and operating an effective team.
In Search of a New Model for Coordinated Urban Child Abuse Investigations
Wilson & McGrath
APSAC Advisor, 16(2), 2004
Proposes a hybrid approach to interagency cooperation.
Indicators of a Healthy Multidisciplinary Team
This Georgia study identified 16 general qualities indicative of success in multidisciplinary teams.
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Child Maltreatment: Accessing Community Resources
Pennsylvania University Schools of Medicine and Nursing (2001)
In Medical Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse: A Practical Guide (2nd ed.)
Explains how and why children and families feel less trauma when agencies work together and community resources are utilized more efficiently. Describes three basic models for multidisciplinary work.
State and local examples
Improving Responses to Allegations of Severe Child Abuse: Results from the Instant Response Team Program (PDF - 967 KB)
Vera Institute of Justice (2004)
Presents the outcomes from New York City's program involving child protection staff, police, and prosecutors.
Patterns of Interaction in Multidisciplinary Child Protection Teams in New Jersey
Child Abuse and Neglect, 25(1), 2001
The objective of this study was to gain an understanding of how multidisciplinary team members in child protection work together within the team.
A Workbook for Improving MDT Investigations: Sample Protocol for Adolescent Abuse and Neglect Cases, Evaluation Tool, Model Policies (PDF - 245 KB)
Miller & McFarlane (2007)
Assists multidisciplinary teams in Oregon serving maltreated adolescents, addressing composition of the team, investigation and assessment strategies, evaluations, and more.