Child Abuse & Neglect 

If you suspect child abuse or neglect in someone you know, report it to the Connecticut Department of Children and Families at 800.842.2288.

Employees at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center are dedicated to protecting the well-being of children in every way. Our commitment includes a responsibility to identify, report, intervene, and provide care in all suspected cases of child maltreatment.

The Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Program at Connecticut Children’s provides comprehensive medical and psychosocial care to children who may have experienced sexual abuse, physical abuse or neglect. Clinical care provided by the SCAN program includes:

  • Medical and psychosocial consultation and evaluation
  • Expert consultation to community partners
  • Psychosocial assessments, mental health counseling and advocacy for child victims and non-offending family members
  • Short-term, intensive psychotherapy to address the trauma of child abuse
  • Referral to other specialists for ongoing mental health treatment and other recommended evaluations or treatments

Additional support services include crisis intervention and parent education.

Child Protection Team

The Child Protection Team is a resource for Connecticut Children’s medical and support staff members who suspect abuse or neglect in pediatric patients receiving care. The team includes staff from Connecticut Children’s SCAN Program, child and family support services, the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), and other community agencies. These highly skilled professionals collaborate to provide education and support to physicians, nurses and other specialists within Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and to increase coordination between Connecticut Children’s specialists and members of the community.