Multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) are formed before a school or organization faces an allegation of abuse. They may be composed of internal child protection designates or incident response team members and external representatives, possibly including law enforcement, medical, and social-emotional support agencies grounded in local law and trauma-informed care.
AISA advises clear guidelines should be in place when a MDT is involved in a case of abuse (such as for serious physical abuse, all sexual abuse, or when caregivers don’t respond to school-based child protection team recommendations).
- Action Steps in Event of an Incident (NAIS) US
- Building Multidisciplinary Teams (ASIA 2016)
- CfC Best Practices, Creating a Child Protection Team
- Community Resources Assessment Framework (AISA 2016)
- Guidance for Establishing a Child Protection Hub (NHS, UK 2017)
- Law Enforcement Guidance for Children Exposed to Violence, excerpted (IACP/Yale/OJJDP 2017)
- Model Protocol for Multidisciplinary Teams US
- Responding to Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused: clinical guidelines (WHO)
- Sharing Information and Working with Outside Agencies Resource Pack (NSPCC)
- Trauma Informed Care Resources including online training and webinars (NCTSN 2013)
- The Witch Hunt, Backlash and Professionalism (Kenneth Lanning, FBI ret.)
- Working Together to Safeguard Children Guide (UK 2018)