Seattle Children’s Safe Child and Adolescent Network (SCAN)

Seattle Children’s Safe Child and Adolescent Network (SCAN) was established in 1990 with a commitment to improving the health and well-being of children by addressing the issues of child maltreatment and neglect. Our SCAN clinical team includes child abuse board-certified physicians and social workers with expertise in child abuse and neglect. 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.

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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 SCAN team

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)

    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.

    Safe Infant Sleep

    For more information on safe sleep for infants, please visit National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).