Maryland CHAMP

The Maryland Child Abuse Medical Providers' Network

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
The AAP is comprised of 60,000 pediatricians, working to ensure optimal health for all children by providing parent support, health policies and guidelines, as well as research and advocacy.
The AAP Section on Child Abuse and Neglect (SOCAN) is dedicated to improving the care of infants, children, and adolescents who are abused and neglected by providing an educational forum for the discussion of problems and treatments relating to child abuse and neglect and its prevention. In addition, objectives of the Section include stimulating research in child abuse and neglect and serving in a consulting capacity to the AAP Board of Directors on policy and other issues in this area.
AAP's mission is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. To accomplish this mission, the AAP shall support the professional needs of its members. The AAP also has a Maryland Chapter.
AAP offers:
  • Policy statements
  • Clinical and technical reports
  • Clinical practice guidelines
  • Parental support
  • Professional education

The MCA is a consortium of Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) throughout Maryland. The organization provides training, resources, and networking opportunities for child abuse professionals in Maryland. Maryland Children's Alliance also seeks to educate the public on the prevention of child abuse and keeping children safe.
MCA's goal is to support jurisdictions that are seeking to develop interdisciplinary teams and establish new child advocacy centers while also enhancing the services available at existing Centers.
MCA Offers:
  • Training of child abuse professionals
  • Periodic funding opportunities for CACs
  • Assistance in developing and maintaining CACs
  • Networking opportunities
Local Child Advocacy Centers may offer:
  • Case coordination
  • Forensic interviews
  • Mental health services
  • Medical services
  • Family and court advocacy
  • Multi-disciplinary teamwork

The Maryland Board of Nursing regulates the practice of all Maryland nurses.
The mission of the Board of Nursing is to advance safe quality care in Maryland through licensure, certification, education and accountability for public protection.
The Maryland Board of Nursing offers:
  • Licensure
  • Education
  • Scholarship resources
  • Training program information
  • Continuing education information
  • Regulation of all nursing practices
The Maryland Board of Nursing also provides advanced practice information and information on regulations governing Forensic Nurse Examiners (FNE) practice.

The NCPTC focuses on curriculum development and training for professionals in the field of child maltreatment while continually working on advocacy and prevention efforts for children who have been or at risk of being maltreated.
NCPTC's goal is to educate and train others, raise awareness and do prevention work, as well as provide staunch advocacy, all in an effort to end child abuse, neglect and maltreatment.
NCPTC offers:
  • Training
  • Education
  • Advocacy
  • Webinars

APSAC is an interdisciplinary group of professionals working in the field of child maltreatment.
APSAC's mission is to enhance the professional response to suspected abuse and neglect.
APSAC offers:
  • Training opportunities at its national colloquium and other workshops
  • The journal, Child Maltreatment, includes research and reviews on issues pertaining to abuse and neglect
  • The quarterly newsletter, The Advisor, includes reviews of different topics, policy updates, and information on upcoming conferences

ISPCAN is a multidisciplinary international organization working toward the prevention and treatment of child abuse, neglect and exploitation, globally.
ISPCAN's mission is to support individuals and organizations working to protect children from abuse and neglect worldwide.
ISPCAN offers:
  • Dissemination of research for policy and practice improvement
  • International efforts to protect children's rights
  • International efforts to detect, treat and prevent child abuse and neglect
Training opportunities for professionals and volunteers involved in the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect.

PCA America works to raise awareness and provide education to prevent child abuse and neglect.
PCA America's mission is to prevent the abuse and neglect of America's children.
PCA America offers:
  • Training conferences
  • Research in the area of child abuse and neglect
  • Publications on prevention of child abuse and neglect
  • Advocacy for prevention of child abuse and neglect
  • Monitoring legislation
  • Raising funding
  • Collaborating with community allies

This Website is set up like a resource book, supporting medical professionals who do not have expertise in child abuse pediatrics, in responding to possible child abuse and neglect.

Resources from New York CHAMP

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