Child abuse cases are unique in that they involve seldomly witnessed acts a nonverbal victim and a silent perpetrator will often lead to a stalling of the investigation and the judicial process effective child abuse investigation for the multi disciplinary team is a practical guide for law . An effective response to reports of child abuse and neglect is an investigation that is timely and objective and that causes the least possible trauma to children and families. Discusses the need for multidisciplinary child abuse investigation teams mdts in association with child advocacy centers cacs to ensure cost efficient and effective prosecution the article explains the development and advantages of mdts the emergence of cacs and the effectiveness and efficiency of mdt cacs in protecting children from abuse. Multi disciplinary teams acknowledge the multi dimensional impacts of abuse and the needs of children and families affected by abuse by bringing together workers from different disciplines and agencies to discuss plan and carry out a response to cases of child abuse. Due to the complex nature of child abuse and neglect investigations and family assessments multidisciplinary teams are often used to enhance and improve investigations and responses for children and families
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