Resources for Professionals

This page contains resources for medical and other professionals who may benefit from information on child maltreatment and neglect in the execution of their professional duties. If there is a resource you would like to see here, please let us know using the Contact Us form on the home page.

Adolescent Sexual Violence/Abuse Screening Tool (ASVAST)

Developed by Steven Matson, MD and Margaret Flood, MSW. Modified by the Child Advocacy and Protection Services program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. This tool is designed to assist providers in screening for sexual activity in youth that would require a report for suspected child abuse. It provides practical steps to screen for reportable situations such as coercion, impairment and an inappropriate power difference between sexual partners.

Wisconsin Alliance for Drug Endangered Children

Wisconsin DEC (WIDEC) exists to help you make a difference in the lives of children who are in danger because their parents or caregivers are using, dealing or manufacturing drugs. We are united in the commitment to support, rescue, shelter and defend children who are being harmed by drugs.

Understanding Abusive Head Trauma in Infants and Children

Answers from America's Pediatricians. This resource was developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Wisconsin Child Sex Trafficking and Exploitation Indicator and Response Guide

If you have concerns that a child or youth you have contact with is being sexually trafficked or exploited, review the indicators in this guide and follow the directions for the appropriate response. This indicator and response guide also alerts the reader to indicators or potential red flags that should continue to be monitored.

Sex Trafficking Resources from the Medical College of Wisconsin

This site includes a case-based, interactive online module, "The Medical Response to Sex Trafficking in Minors", recent articles and research, links to regional and national resources, and a form to request a presentation for healthcare or social service providers.

PEP: Post-Exposure Prophylaxis

Presented by Barbara Cuene, RN, MSN, HIV Clinical Nurse Specialist and Program Coordinator, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

Dr. Teicher on the Developing Brain

In this video, Dr. Martin Teicher discusses the effects of early life stress on the developing brain.

Safe Sleep Resources from the AAP

Policies and publications from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

SUIDI (Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation) Reporting Form

Published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Child Death Scene Investigation: Sudden Infant Death and Unsafe Sleep Practices

Presented by Dr. Vincent Tranchida for the WI CAN Educational Series on November 17, 2017.

Death Investigation: A Guide for the Scene Investigator

Published by the National Institute of Justice, US Dept. of Justice Office of Justice Programs; a set of investigative tasks that should and could be performed at every death scene.

Join the Wisconsin DHS Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Mailing List

Regular posts include trauma related research, resources, training, conferences, etc. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Awareness to Action

Awareness to Action is an initiative focused on preventing child sexual abuse by helping adults and communities take action. These resources help parents broaden their knowledge to be better prepared to protect children.

Evidence Worksheet for Hot Water Burns

Developed by Dr. Barbara Knox, Child Abuse Pediatrician at the UW-Madison Child Protection Program, this worksheet guides law enforcement personnel to collect key evidence in hot water burn investigations.

Physical Abuse Concerns in Infants Birth to 2 years of Age: Taking a Closer Look

Developed by Dr. Lynn Sheets, Medical Director and Professor – Child Advocacy and Protection at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin, this resource suggests things to watch for and a decision tree for medical professionals who encounter injuries in children from infancy to 2.

Guidelines for Mandated Reporters of Suspected Child Abuse

Developed by Dr. Lynn Sheets, this document summarizes guidelines for mandated reporters of suspected child abuse, referencing Wisconsin Statutes 46.981(2)

Sample Letter - Medical Provider reporting concern of Medical Neglect

A template letter to a County CPS agency, modeling how a medical provider would express their concerns for significant physical harm to a child resulting from medical neglect.

American Academy of Pediatrics -- State Child Abuse Programs

This listing of medical diagnostic child abuse programs was developed by the AAP Section on Child Abuse and Neglect in 1994 in response to requests for medical programs that practitioners can use for referral. The Section offers no recommendations nor endorsements of any of these programs. Responsibility lies with the referent to see that a particular program matches their patient's needs.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network – Resources

Researched based documentation to support professionals who may work with children suffering from traumatic stress; covering communication, best practices and treatment.