Multidisciplinary Team Members

Multidisciplinary Team Members include prosecutors, law enforcement, social workers, CAC staff, mental health professionals, medical professionals, victim advocates, and educational professionals. The MDT meets to collaborate and discus the child sexual abuse cases for their county. The meetings are designed to ensure child victims of sexual abuse are receiving comprehensive services and appropriate referrals, as well as to track the progress of the criminal case.

The purpose of the MDT is to insure the immediate and future safety of the child victim, increase the quality of sexual abuse investigation, assist in the healing of the child victim, increase the quality of sexual abuse investigations, and to facilitate efficient and appropriate disposition of cases through the criminal justice system (See: KRS 620.040 (7)(c)).

Children's Advocacy Centers

CAC staff promote the well-being of children while assisting and facilitating the most effective investigation and prosecution of child sexual abuse cases.

Victim Advocate

Victim Advocates provide support to victims and their non-offending family members in all stages of the legal process. It is important for victims to know that they have someone to support them at their court dates and who will explain what to expect at different stages of the process.

Forensic Interviewer

The Forensic Interviewer is a trained professional who assists law enforcement and/or social services by serving as a neutral fact-finder for the courts.

Medical Professionals

Medical professionals may include licensed nurses and physicians having experience in examining children for possible abuse.

Mental Health Professionals

Mental health professionals encompass many different disciplines including social work, psychiatry, art therapists, marriage and relationship counselors, psychologists, and/or psychiatric nurses. These licensed professionals may provide support to the prosecutor by preparing victims to testify, provide psychosocial assessments of victims and non-offending parents, assist in crisis intervention, and provide therapeutic interventions to the victims and families. They may also assist Child Protective Services in determining the risk for a child as well as serve as an educational resource of the subject of mental health. They may also facilitate and refer to treatment, provide expert testimony in court, and assist in the creation of Victim Impact Statements.

Child Protective Workers

The role of the social or family service worker is to help protect the child and serve as investigators on the team by conducting interviews and developing safety plans. They may also refer you and/or your child to counseling.

Law Enforcement

Law enforcement officers are part of the investigation team. They interview children, non-offending parents, alleged offenders, and other witnesses. The also gather evidence from the scene of the alleged event(s).