Department of Pediatrics

Forensic Pediatrics

The Division of Forensic Pediatrics is CHKD's Child Abuse Program. The program provides expert medical and mental health evaluation of children with suspected child abuse and neglect. Consultations are provided by both the medical and psychological staff for inpatient hospitalized children and through outpatient medical clinics and outpatient psychological services. Outpatient sexual abuse consultation is primarily available for medical providers on a case-by-case basis.

Additional investigative services include outpatient therapeutic intervention provided by mental health staff. The program performs second medical opinion on cases of suspected abuse for investigators in all of Eastern Virginia. The program served approximately 700 patients during the past year. Policy and procedure are reviewed monthly by the faculty management team.

The pediatric forensic faculty also serve on the Child Abuse Committee at CHKD which is comprised of a multidisciplinary team involved in the evaluation of suspected child abuse and neglect. Primary team members involve the Child Abuse Program faculty and staff, Emergency Department faculty and staff, Social Work staff, and nursing staff. This group meets approximately quarterly to discuss hospitalized patients with child abuse and neglect issues.

Contact Information

Address: CHKD Child Abuse Program
935 Redgate Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23507
Phone: (757) 668-6100
Fax: (757) 668-6109