Serving Utah's Children
The center was originally established to serve children 17 years of age or younger who are victims of alleged sexual or physical abuse. In recent years, there has been an increased demand for services for other crimes involving children, such as domestic violence, drug endangerment, and internet exploitation.
The center is designed to make children feel comfortable and safe when they are meeting with investigators and team members about allegations of abuse.
Multi-Disciplinary Team Investigation
Professionals from several different agencies collaborate on each child's case. This team approach increases coordination among child protection and criminal justice agencies, allowing them to track a child's progress through the investigation, judicial process, and treatment.
Specially trained professionals talk to children about the alleged abuse they have experienced. The goal is to minimize trauma to the child by reducing the number of times a child must talk about his or her experiences.
The center has an on-site examination room which houses medical professionals from Primary Children's Hospital's Safe and Healthy Families Department who safeguard children's health and collect forensic evidence.
The center provides abused children and their families with referrals for support services, such as therapy, medical care, and victim resources.
The multi-disciplinary team receives ongoing training to ensure that children receive the most professional care possible.