The Children’s Advocacy Center is dedicated to providing treatment services to children and families that have experienced trauma related to abuse, or who are involved in a situation in which abuse is suspected. We recognize that effective child abuse intervention requires a cooperative effort between the professionals in many agencies and disciplines. All professionals involved in this effort meet regularly to form a multidisciplinary team that reviews investigations of reported child abuse. The team
consists of professionals from the Department of Family and Children Services, Law Enforcement, the District Attorney’s Office, and Children’s Advocacy Center staff.
The team can be considered a vehicle through which we help children and families negotiate the various systems involved in protecting children: The team’s purpose is twofold:
1. To ensure that each child receives the appropriate intervention (required to protect
him/ or her from further abuse and/ or traumatization).
2. To make team decision regarding prosecution of the alleged offender.
All information shared within the team meetings is kept strictly confidential among team
If your child begins therapy/evaluation while an investigation is still being conducted, there are some further issues about which you should be aware. Often, children tell their history of abuse gradually over a period of time. As a result, your child may reveal more information to his or her therapist/ evaluator than was revealed during the initial investigative interview/ evaluation. In order to ensure appropriate team decisions are made, your therapist/ evaluator will need to inform other team members of any new disclosures that are made in therapy/ evaluation. Also, if the therapist is the first to hear these allegations, she may on occasion, be subpoenaed to testify in court if your child’s case involves court proceedings.
Confidentiality does not legally apply under two conditions:
1. Any information regarding new or different child abuse must be reported to the appropriate agency.
2. Information that the client is in danger of inflicting serious harm upon her/ himself or others (i.e. suicidal or homicidal) will necessitate appropriate protective
Additionally, the law may waive confidentially under the following circumstances:
1. Authorization (by a competent party) to release previously confidential information
to include written records;
2. Pursuant to a legally sufficient court subpoena; and
3. In response to a proper court order.
Information shared with the therapist/ evaluator that does not impact the investigation or
does not fall into the above two categories will be kept strictly confidential.
If you have any questions regarding our policies on confidentiality, please direct them to your Therapist or Forensic Evaluator. She will be happy to discuss this and any
other further concerns with you.
I certify that I have read and understand the policies on confidentiality. I understand the terms of this statement. I am entering myself and/ or my child into treatment/
evaluation by my own free will.