Multidisciplinary Teams

  • Maria D. McColgan
  • Allan DeJong


Cases of child abuse that reach the media are often cases in which child protective service systems are being blamed for allowing children to die in their care. Despite current efforts, an Internet search of child fatalities reveals thousands of headlines of recent deaths of children who were under child protective service (CPS) agency supervision. A thorough, effective investigation of child abuse and neglect can have tremendous effect on the outcome of a case. These stories highlight the breakdowns of the investigations and tend to place blame on those involved. While it is horrifying that cases under investigation can result in such dismal outcomes, the reality is that child maltreatment investigations are complex and difficult. The goal of the investigation is to help create a safe environment that fosters the child’s health and development while simultaneously holding accountable the person or persons who put the child in harms way.


Child Abuse Child Protective Service Child Abuse Prevention Child Protection System Child Fatality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria D. McColgan
    • 1
  • Allan DeJong
    • 2
  1. 1.St. Christopher’s Hospital for ChildrenPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Jefferson Medical CollegePhiladelphiaUSA

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