CHAMP Resources

Clinical Resources

Maryland Child Abuse Medical Professionals (CHAMP) has developed the following practice recommendations and resources to assist in the evaluation of and response to suspected child maltreatment. Please use this information in consultation with a child abuse medical expert.


Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Recommendations


In order to assure and maintain the highest quality care for Maryland children, CHAMP highly recommends that all medical providers who evaluate children for suspected maltreatment participate in expert review by an Advanced Medical Consultant.


Web-Based Peer Review


When evaluating children for physical or sexual abuse, it is highly recommended to use TeleCAM to enable continuous quality improvement and to document the physical findings. TeleCAM is a secure and HIPAA-compliant Web-based application that allows Maryland medical professionals to upload case information (including photographs) and receive rapid feedback from Maryland CHAMP faculty. Anyone with Internet access is able to use TeleCAM.


Maryland medical professionals, who evaluate children for suspected maltreatment and who would like to participate in this valuable continuous quality improvement system, please contact CHAMP at, to learn more and/or sign up for a TeleCAM account.


Handouts for Parents and Youth


Templates for Useful Clinical Materials


Policy Statements


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect periodically issues policy statements on important areas of practice.


General Practice


Physical Abuse


Clinical Reports


General Practice


Physical Abuse


Sexual Abuse




Sex Trafficking


Mental Health




Technical Reports


General Practice


Postexposure Prophylaxis in Children and Adolescents for Nonoccupational Exposure to Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Visit AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) for more information. AETC is a network of the nation’s leading HIV experts who provide education and training to health care professionals to ensure those living with or who been affected by HIV receive quality care.


American Academy of Radiology


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Mental Health Resources

It is strongly encouraged for children and youth to receive a mental health evaluation if they are suspected of being victims of abuse or neglect.


Please connect with your jurisdiction's CAC to access trauma-informed mental health resources.

Resources for Parents

Reporting Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect


If you suspect that a child has been abused or neglected, please contact Child Protective Services (CPS), in the jurisdiction where the abuse or neglect may have occurred. Click here to find CPS contact information, as well as instructions on how to make the report. Or, you may also call 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) to talk with a counselor and get the phone number of your local hotline. Find information about prevention, intervention and treatment resources for children who have been abused, neglected or are at risk.


Child Advocacy Centers (CAC)

  • Maryland Child Advocacy Centers provide a safe place for children to talk about possible abuse with members of law enforcement, Child Protective Services, counselors, their families and other involved professionals.


Information Related to Suspected Sexual Abuse


Information on Supportive Services for Families


Child Development Resources


Intimate Partner Violence Support Resources


Maryland Department of Education


Food Resources


Substance Abuse Resources

Resources for Professionals

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)


The AAP is comprised of 60,000 pediatricians, working to ensure optimal health for all children by providing parent support, health policies and guidelines, as well as research and advocacy.


The AAP Section on Child Abuse and Neglect (SOCAN) is dedicated to improving the care of infants, children, and adolescents who are abused and neglected by providing an educational forum for the discussion of problems and treatments relating to child abuse and neglect and its prevention. In addition, objectives of the Section include stimulating research in child abuse and neglect and serving in a consulting capacity to the AAP Board of Directors on policy and other issues in this area.


AAP's mission is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. To accomplish this mission, the AAP shall support the professional needs of its members. The AAP also has a Maryland Chapter.


AAP offers:

  • Policy statements
  • Clinical and technical reports
  • Clinical practice guidelines
  • Parental support
  • Professional education


The Maryland Children's Alliance (MCA)


The MCA is a consortium of Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) throughout Maryland. The organization provides training, resources, and networking opportunities for child abuse professionals in Maryland. Maryland Children's Alliance also seeks to educate the public on the prevention of child abuse and keeping children safe.


MCA's goal is to support jurisdictions that are seeking to develop interdisciplinary teams and establish new child advocacy centers while also enhancing the services available at existing Centers.

MCA offers:

  • Training of child abuse professionals
  • Periodic funding opportunities for CACs
  • Assistance in developing and maintaining CACs
  • Networking opportunities


Local Child Advocacy Centers may offer:

  • Case coordination
  • Forensic interviews
  • Mental health services
  • Medical services
  • Family and court advocacy
  • Multi-disciplinary teamwork


The Maryland Board of Nursing


The Maryland Board of Nursing regulates the practice of all Maryland nurses.

The mission of the Board of Nursing is to advance safe quality care in Maryland through licensure, certification, education and accountability for public protection.


The Maryland Board of Nursing offers:

  • Licensure
  • Education
  • Scholarship resources
  • Training program information
  • Continuing education information
  • Regulation of all nursing practices


The Maryland Board of Nursing also provides advanced practice information and information on regulations governing Forensic Nurse Examiners (FNE) practice.


The National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC)


The NCPTC focuses on curriculum development and training for professionals in the field of child maltreatment while continually working on advocacy and prevention efforts for children who have been or at risk of being maltreated.


NCPTC's goal is to educate and train others, raise awareness and do prevention work, as well as provide staunch advocacy, all in an effort to end child abuse, neglect and maltreatment.


NCPTC offers:

  • Training
  • Education
  • Advocacy
  • Webinars


The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)


APSAC is an interdisciplinary group of professionals working in the field of child maltreatment.

APSAC's mission is to enhance the professional response to suspected abuse and neglect.


APSAC offers:

  • Training opportunities at its national colloquium and other workshops
  • The journal, Child Maltreatment, includes research and reviews on issues pertaining to abuse and neglect
  • The quarterly newsletter, The Advisor, includes reviews of different topics, policy updates, and information on upcoming conferences


The International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN)

ISPCAN is a multidisciplinary international organization working toward the prevention and treatment of child abuse, neglect and exploitation, globally.


ISPCAN's mission is to support individuals and organizations working to protect children from abuse and neglect worldwide.


ISPCAN offers:

  • Dissemination of research for policy and practice improvement
  • International efforts to protect children's rights
  • International efforts to detect, treat and prevent child abuse and neglect


Training opportunities for professionals and volunteers involved in the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect.


National Children's Alliance (NCA)


NCA is a national association and the accrediting body for children’s advocacy centers (CACs) across the United States. It provides accreditation to children’s advocacy centers who meet the ten National Standards for Accreditation. The Standards help ensure that all children served by children’s advocacy centers receive consistent evidence-based and evidence-supported interventions that help them pursue safety, healing, and justice.


Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America)


PCA America works to raise awareness and provide education to prevent child abuse and neglect.

PCA America's mission is to prevent the abuse and neglect of America's children.


PCA America offers:

  • Training conferences
  • Research in the area of child abuse and neglect
  • Publications on prevention of child abuse and neglect
  • Advocacy for prevention of child abuse and neglect
  • Monitoring legislation
  • Raising funding
  • Collaborating with community allies


Child Abuse Evaluation and Treatment for Medical Providers


This website is set up like a resource book, supporting medical professionals who do not have expertise in child abuse pediatrics, in responding to possible child abuse and neglect.


International Association of Forensic Nurses


This association offers certifications, continuing education, and network opportunities for forensic nurses.