Although all physicians are mandated reporters, not all physicians are experts in child abuse. Child abuse has only recently been recognized as a subspecialty within pediatrics. The American Board of Pediatrics now offers a certificate in Child Abuse Pediatrics to qualified pediatricians. These pediatricians are experts in all types of child abuse, including physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. Information about the eligibility criteria can be found on the American Board of Pediatrics website https://www.abp.org/ABPWebStatic/ .
View a list of CHAMP Mentors and Providers who hold a certificate in Child Abuse Pediatrics.
The CHAMP Program has developed criteria for experts in child sexual abuse and applies that criteria to physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. These professionals serve as Mentors for the CHAMP training program. Their facilities are CHAMP Centers of Excellence. In addition, CHAMP recognizes other medical professionals with expertise in child abuse who serve as state-wide resources. These professionals have the designation of CHAMP Faculty.
Although CHAMP training improves competence in providing child sexual abuse evaluations, it does not make a professional an expert. Completing CHAMP training is not the same as completing a fellowship in child abuse. CHAMP training does not qualify the professional for board certification. Instead, the CHAMP coursework and mentorship provide the basic medical information needed to care for sexually abused children.
What does it mean to be a CHAMP Provider?
CHAMP Providers are physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants with pediatric experience who have taken the coursework Evaluating Child Sexual Abuse and completed a mentorship with a CHAMP Mentor.
CHAMP maintains the official list of the medical professionals who have successfully completed this program to gain competence in child sexual abuse evaluation. Only the medical professionals on this list can call themselves CHAMP-trained or CHAMP Providers.
View the official list of CHAMP-trained medical professionals.
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