Every year in Colorado, thousands of children are impacted by maltreatment, and yet the expertise to conduct medical exams and behavioral health assessments to evaluate suspected cases of child abuse and neglect is still extremely limited. That’s why the Kempe Center is working to secure more health care and behavioral health providers across Colorado to join the Child Abuse Response and Evaluation (CARE) Network.
About the CARE Network
The CARE Network engages health care and behavioral health providers – pediatricians, family doctors, school nurses and more – with the best education and training on conducting medical exams and behavioral health assessments to identify signs and risks of child maltreatment or trauma. Providers also learn about the resources available to families to mitigate those risks and expand the safety net for children. More information on the CARE Network can be found here.
What Providers Receive
- Education and training about signs that children may be at risk of maltreatment and information on resources available to families that will position providers to recognize community-specific needs and help prevent child maltreatment
- Best practice standards for evaluating children suspected of abuse or neglect
- Review of provider evaluations and feedback to grow each provider’s skill set and knowledge base
We are working closely with counties across Colorado to identify and recruit medical and behavioral health providers. We encourage city and county human services directors as well as other professionals in the field to share this training opportunity and help us expand the network with referrals. The more providers we have in the CARE Network, the more families we can reach, reducing incidents of child maltreatment.
Learn more about the opportunity to be a part of the solution at kempecarenetwork.org.