Intervention Services: CPT and SCAN
CPT and SCAN
Funding for CPT (Child Protection Team) was awarded to Manatee Children Services in the early 1980’s as part of a statewide initiative to bring together local experts to help protect children. The program is a medically directed, multidisciplinary program, which includes a specially trained pediatrician who works with local law enforcement and the state Department of Children and Family Services in cases of child abuse and neglect to supplement investigation activities.
Child Protection Team members provide expertise in evaluating alleged cases of child abuse and neglect which may include a forensic medical exam and/or a forensic interview of a child victim. CPT professionals also assess family risk factors, providing recommendations for interventions to protect children and enhance a caregiver’s ability to provide a safer environment when possible.
Among the clients served in the year ending September 30, 2021, CPT completed 251 medical exams, 301 forensic interviews, and 61 staffings. CPT referred 145 clients to the MCS Sexual Abuse Treatment Program for trauma-focused therapy. CPT achieved a 100% success rate in delivering assessments through medical evaluations, forensic interviews, and MDT staffings to ensure safety, referrals through therapy, parenting education, early intervention assessments, and advocacy services to heal from abuse.
What it Provides
CPT services supplement the child protective investigation activities of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. CPT may provide one or more of the following services:
- Medical diagnosis and evaluation of abuse with an expert testimony by a trained pediatrician
- Child and family assessments
- Multidisciplinary staffings
- Psychological evaluations
- Specialized and forensic interviews and expert testimony
- Expert court testimony
- Professional trainings
The SCAN (Services to Children Abused by Non-Caregivers) program at MCS provides intervention services to child sexual abuse victims in which the alleged perpetrator is a non-caregiver or another child. SCAN offers medical diagnosis and evaluation, forensic interviews, referral services, and case management to victims 0 to 17 years of age.
To meet the needs of our clients in East Manatee County, the MCS Child Protection Team launched its satellite office in January 2021 with the vision of providing Child Advocacy Center services to vulnerable populations in outlying areas of Manatee County.
How to help our CPT and SCAN programs:
- Donations of diapers (all sizes), infant toys, socks (all sizes), shoes (all sizes), and underwear (all sizes) for the CPT “Kids Closet” to aid families coming in for interviews.
- Gift cards
- Monetary donations for ongoing needs of families seeking care.
For more information on our Intervention programs, contact Kimberly Griffin, Child Protection Team Coordinator (email@example.com)
MCS provides a full spectrum of programs serving over 16,000 children and families annually. Since its inception in 1977 as the Manatee County’s first and only emergency shelter for abused children in foster care, MCS has grown to offer programs in treatment, prevention, intervention, and residential services.