Seattle Children's Protection Program was established in 1990 with a commitment to improving the health and well-being of children by addressing the issues of child maltreatment, neglect and intimate interpersonal violence. Our SCAN (suspsected child abuse and neglect) clinical team includes child abuse board-certified physicians and social workers with expertise in child abuse and neglect and in intimate partner violence. Our mission is to assure that children who are suspected of having been abused or neglected receive the best care and protection using a multidisciplinary, evidence-based clinical care model.

Services We Offer

Clinical services

The SCAN medical team

  • Provides phone consultation to providers on the diagnosis and safe plan of care
  • Provides formal consults to examine the child when there is concern for serious abuse/neglect
  • Provides consultation to the community via the Statewide Child Abuse Network contract managed by Seattle Children’s Protection Program

The SCAN social worker

  • Acts as the primary social worker on serious child abuse/neglect concerns taking the lead of the SCAN doctor
  • Provides management consultation of complicated high-risk or neglect concerns to the primary psychosocial provider
  • Provides consultation to psychosocial providers to assist in whether to report to CPS/law enforcement, or if other less-restrictive alternatives may be considered, including meetings with the multidisciplinary team (MDT)

The SCAN clinical team

  • Facilitates SCAN case conferences on serious physical abuse/neglect cases; includes Seattle Children's clinicians, CPS and law enforcement
  • Facilitates MDT reviews on complex medical neglect cases as requested by Seattle Children’s staff
  • Develops, reviews and revises all Seattle Children’s policies and protocols that guide the diagnostic care and management of child abuse and neglect, including intimate partner violence

Education and research

  • Seattle Children's Hospital is a national leader in providing professional training, including a three-year ACGME-accredited fellowship in child abuse pediatrics, and in research to advance knowledge and to support policy changes to improve quality of life for maltreated children and families.
  • We offer internships with the University of Washington Graduate School of Social Work in the assessment and management of suspected child abuse and neglect and intimate interpersonal violence.
 

Safe Infant Sleep

This presentation, produced by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, outlines the basics of safe infant sleep practices and their relationship to sudden infant death prevention.

 

Stand Up, Step Forward

This is a campaign designed to increase awareness of teachers as the leading reporters of child abuse in the United States, and often the first advocates to help victims become survivors. This video, produced by the National Children's Alliance, will hopefully both inspire child victims to find the courage to report their abuse and adults to find the courage to take action.

 

Poison Prevention Home Tour

Dr. Suzan Mazor, of Seattle Children's Emergency Department, tours a home and points out how to keep children safe from poisons including medicine, cleaning products and cosmetics.