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Forming and Sustaining a Multidisciplinary Team


Resources on MDT development and collaboration

Tribal Law and Policy Institute for chart and description of criminal jurisdiction in Indian Country


Indian Tribal Matters, provides multiple articles on legal issues in Indian Country from the United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys July 2010.


Tribal-State Relations. A brief to help States, Tribes and other jurisdictions work together to meet the goals of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), from Child Welfare Gateway.


National District Attorney Association (2015) Investigating & prosecuting child abuse multidisciplinary teams (MDT) recognizes that most states use MDT’s  This survey includes state, federal and territorial legislation sanctioning the use of MDT’s for coordinating the investigative and prosecution of child abuse.


Insurance Companies on the MDT? This article, Kevin Dowling, highlights one CAC’s collaboration with healthcare insurance provider and subsequent increase in reimbursement.


Resources for vicarious trauma Vicarious trauma or compassion fatigue are terms used to describe the negative effects of working with traumatized patients. See the resources from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.


Portable Guide to Investigating Child Abuse for Law Enforcement Response to Child Abuse from U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs


The Prosecutors’ Newsletter on Violence Against Women from Aequitas, offers 10 Strategies for Prosecuting Child Sexual Abuse at the Hands of a Family Member and details about Crawford and its Progeny and the implications for Prosecution


Resources and Information on Child Life Specialists

Passports for Native Children: A Best Practice Approach for Tribal Advocates Working with Native Children who have Suffered Abuse written by Abby Abinanti, Yurok, Unified Family Court, San Francisco, provides guidance for professionals working with tribal children


Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in collaboration with other front line law enforcement agencies respond to and work toward the prevention of cybercrime.  The increase use of Internet in child sexual exploitation has facilitated collaboration between agencies to fight for the protection of children.  



Coordinated Community Response

State, Territorial and Tribal Sexual Assault Coalitions from the US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.


Victim Advocacy: See the handout Cruising into collaboration: Developing strong relationships between rape crisis centers and child advocacy centers by the Center for Victims.


Building Cultures of Care: A Guide for Sexual Assault Services Programs from the NSVRC. This guide provides information to support sexual assault services programs in strengthening their organizational and individual responses to survivors of sexual violence through the use of a trauma-informed approach


Identification, prevention and safety planning resources: Stop It Now!


The  Child Life Specialists are trained professionals with expertise in child centered care, working with children at their developmental age to help them overcome challenging events. 


National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO)  maintains the following guidelines to facilitate the creation of state and local EMS clinical guidelines, protocols or operating procedures.  The guidelines are either evidence-based or consensus-based and formatted for use by EMS professionals.  The National EMS Guidelines for Abuse and Maltreatment can be found on pages 39-41.


Emergency Medical Services, Blue Campaign on Human Trafficking offers a list of signs that EMS should be familiar with to identify human trafficking.


SAFEta Newsletter - SANE Programs and Evidence Storage


SANE's role in maintaining the MDT

SANE Sustainability Project, with resources for all members of the MDT, including Pediatric specific links from National Sexual Violence Resource Center and International Association of Forensic Nurses.



Community action to stop the abuse before a child is harmed.
Community action to stop the abuse before a child is harmed.
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