Child Abuse Care
Compassionate Care for Victims of Child Abuse in East Tennessee
Everyone in Tennessee is a mandated reporter under state law. Any person with reasonable cause to believe a child is being abused or neglected must, under the law, immediately report to the Tennessee Department of Children's Services or to local law enforcement.
Child abuse pediatricians work with other staff and families to identify children with concerns of abuse or neglect. These concerns can be due to over or under performance of parental duties. The issues can range from failure to thrive to obesity, failure to protect from harm to causing physical harm and emotional neglect to emotional harm.
Compassionate Assistance & Treatment
The variety of problems child abuse pediatricians address is wide. Each child is evaluated differently based on his or her circumstances. The specialists help coordinate care for any child who is referred to them from Knoxville and the surrounding counties.
Children who need the help of the child maltreatment team are usually referred to the Social Work Department at East Tennessee Children's Hospital by their primary care doctors. Social work will then contact the child abuse pediatricians for medical assistance. Our two child abuse doctors coordinate medical treatment with any specialties that need to be involved. We spare no effort to help a child in need.
Drawing on Community Resources
Child abuse pediatrics can be a delicate matter. Our team uses community resources to improve care for all patients. These resources include the Department of Child Services, family lawyers, court-appointed special advocates, and local child advocacy centers.
Child abuse pediatrics has been a board-certified specialty for more than five years. Children’s Hospital has been coordinating the medical treatment of these children for more than 20 years.
For more information about child abuse pediatrics or how to get in touch with a specialist, call 865-541-8830