Case Review (sometimes called MDT) is the formal process through which professionals share facts and observations that inform team decisions and assist participating professionals to make decisions about cases. Case review is a core standard of an accredited member CAC program. Case review allows the CAC to monitor cases and bring the knowledge, experience and expertise of the team members together. Through case review, the efforts of all team members are maximized because knowledge is shared and cooperation is built among the participating agencies. Case review presents an opportunity for each professional to share their unique knowledge and skill with the other team members and allow for full discussion on determining the optimum case plan and next steps.
CHILD ABUSE LIBRARY ONLINE (CALiO)
Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO) provides a comprehensive collection of research, literature, and much more in one easy-to-use online location. CALiO is available to accredited and associate members of National Children’s Alliance.
COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN RESOURCES
Commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of children are forms of sexual abuse and deserving of a multidisciplinary team (MDT) response. Many CACs are expanding their services to include a multidisciplinary team response for children who are exploited.
CULTURAL COMPETENCY RESOURCES
Cultural competency is defined as the capacity to function in more than one culture, requiring the ability to appreciate, understand, and interact with members of diverse populations within the local community.
MIDWEST REGIONAL CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER (MRCAC) RESOURCES
Midwest Regional CAC is committed to providing affordable, accessible, and cost-effective training methods for MDTs utilizing the latest technology and research to deliver timely, relevant, capacity-building programs.
To access MRCAC's online courses and webinars, visit the MRCAC Learning page.
All children who are suspected victims of child sexual abuse are entitled to a medical exam conducted by a specialized medical provider. CACs and MDTs can share with families and partner agencies the importance of the medical exam.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Quality mental health services are critical for the long term well-being and healing of children victimized by abuse, as well as their non-offending caregivers and family members. Multiple different evidence-based treatment modalities and training are available.
NATIONAL CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER (NCAC) RESOURCES
The National Children's Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization that provides training, prevention, and treatment services to fight child abuse and neglect.
NATIONAL CHILDREN'S ALLIANCE RESOURCES
National Children’s Alliance (NCA) is the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs). Formed in 1988, NCA has been providing support, technical assistance, and quality assurance for CACs, while serving as a voice for abused children for more than 25 years.
SUCCESSION PLANNING RESOURCES
Succession planning is an important piece of CAC management practices. A succession plan outlines a leadership development and emergency succession plan for the CAC, and reflects its commitment to sustaining a healthy, functioning organization. Succession planning is included in the NCA 2017 Standards for Accreditation (Organizational Capacity): The CAC has a written succession plan to insure the orderly transition and continuance of operation of the CAC. The following is a list of some online resources for CACs.
VICARIOUS TRAUMA RESOURCES
NRCAC supports and encourages the training and education of CAC staff and MDT members on the issue of Vicarious Trauma. In an effort to prevent burnout and build resiliency in child abuse organizations, the following is a list of resources and materials available to CACs and MDTs. The resources provided are not an exhaustive list and more may be added in the future. Additionally, many are links to outside websites, which may, from time to time, update their content.
VICTIM ADVOCACY RESOURCES
Please visit this page to find out more about in-person and on-line training opportunities.
concise and strength based technical
guidance to assist us at the individual CAC’s to strive for excellence and possess the
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complex and diverse needs of our MDT
partners, community challenges and growth.