Beaumont Children's Hospital has long recognized the importance of a multidisciplinary response to the problem of child maltreatment. By forming the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Team in 1980, the physicians and staff at Beaumont Children's Hospital expressed a commitment to protect the children in our communities and to fulfill the requirements of the Michigan Child Protection Law. In 1995 the team name was changed to the Child Advocacy and Protection team (CAP) to reflect a broader mission – advocating on behalf of all children.
Experts from many backgrounds contribute to comprehensive evaluations and individual action plans. Child Advocacy and Protection services provided on behalf of children from newborns to 18 years of age include:
The CAP team members participate in many professional and community organizations, and team coordinator Linda Caurdy-Bess, LMSW has been honored with the Lisa Putnam Excellence in Child Welfare Award. In April team members observe Child Abuse Prevention Month by recognizing Children's Protective Services employees who work in the community.
Beaumont Hospital, in collaboration with Defender Association, Inc., now offers Legal Aid for Children as well.
Services are available at Beaumont Children's Hospital and requests can be made through the Medical Social Work Team. For information, patient consultation referral and case evaluation contact the Medical Social Work Department at 248-898-7595.