The Division of Child Protection is committed to education, advocacy, and clinical services that promote the safety and well-being of children and prevent child abuse and maltreatment. In partnership with American Family Children’s Hospital, our division created a Child Protection Program designed to be a regional resource for children and families in Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, and Eastern Iowa. Current program activities include the Hitting Hurts (No Hit Zone) initiative and the Period of Purple Crying educational program. Additional support and resources are also available to children, parents, and caregivers.
At the request of health care providers and local community organizations, our Child Protection Program also provides medical evaluations and clinical services in cases of suspected child maltreatment. When a comprehensive medical evaluation is requested, we are committed to approaching each patient and family with empathy, compassion, and support during what can be a very stressful time.
The Child Protection Program can provide comprehensive medical evaluations for all forms of child maltreatment. This includes physical abuse, neglect, suspected drug endangerment, and pediatric sexual abuse or assault. Evaluations are also provided to developmentally delayed adults. Providers in the Child Protection Program are specially trained in medically evaluating for abuse and can provide diagnosis and treatment for associated conditions. The Child Protection Program does not offer forensic interviews for suspected child abuse.
Referring partners can reach a Child Protection Program provider 24/7 through the UW Health Access Center.