Share on facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share This

Child Protection Program

The mission of the Child Protection Program (CPP) at Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children is to:

  • Provide the highest standard of clinical care to victims of child abuse and neglect
  • Provide expert consultation and training for the hospitals' multidisciplinary staff and trainees
  • Foster the development of collaborative programs with other hospitals and community agencies

The program is a resource for hospital staff and affiliates, families and the community in navigating issues of child abuse and neglect.

The Child Protection Program is staffed by Aine Blanchard, a Pediatric Clinical Social Worker.

Clinical Services

The Child Protection Program provides:

  • Consultation and support to staff, trainees, families and community affiliates who have concerns about possible child abuse or neglect
  • Hands-on medical and psychosocial evaluations in cases of suspected physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect of children in our hospital

Education and Training

We provide education and training to hospital staff, trainees and community partners about child maltreatment and protection.

Policy and Program Development

We review and develop policies relevant to the protection of children and families receiving hospital services.

Consultations

For Tufts Medical Center Providers and Hospital Affiliates

Providers can request a Child Protection consult at any time. A Child Protection consultation can assist you in managing a case where there are concerns for abuse. We offer supportive discussion of the case and expert recommendations.

A consultation may include the CPP social worker and/or the CPP MD. A medical consultation will specifically be considered when there is a question about the diagnosis or medical management of any type of maltreatment.

For Parents and Caregivers

If you are concerned that a child might be the victim of physical abuse, sexual abuse or neglect, you can call us for guidance and support. Call 617-636-5000, and ask the operator to page "The Child Protection Program."

We can talk the situation through with you and make recommendations for appropriate next steps.

If your child has an injury concerning for abuse, you should seek immediate medical care.

Anyone who has a reasonable suspicion that a child may be at risk or may be experiencing abuse or neglect can report their concerns.

All Tufts Medical Center clinicians are “mandated reporters.”  Per Massachusetts law, mandated reporters are required to file a report with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) if they suspect that a child is being physically, emotionally or sexually abused or neglected. The report is called a 51A, after the statute that governs it.

Contact the Child Protection Program for consultation and guidance in any of these situations.

Filing a report

The verbal report must be made immediately by calling the DCF Hotline at 1-800-792-5200. A representative will take your report or direct you to call the appropriate local DCF office to file your report.

The 51A form can be found on the DCF website:

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dcf/child-abuse-reporting-form.pdf

The written report needs to be completed and faxed to DCF within 48 hours.

Additionally, a copy of this report should be faxed to CPP Coordinator Aine Blanchard using fax number 617-636-5138.

Ruben J. Azocar, MD

Ruben J. Azocar, MD

Title(s): Anesthesiologist-in-Chief; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6044
Fax #: 617-636-8384

Anesthesiology, critical care, geriatric anesthesiology

View Full Profile

Brien A. Barnewolt, MD

Brien A. Barnewolt, MD

Title(s): Chairman and Chief, Department of Emergency Medicine; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Emergency Medicine
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4720
Fax #: 617-636-4723

Emergency medicine, clinical skills and physical diagnosis, simulation, medical education

View Full Profile

Deborah Blazey-Martin, MD, MPH

Deborah Blazey-Martin, MD, MPH

Title(s): Chief, Internal Medicine and Primary Care; Attending Physician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5400
Fax #: 617-636-9712

Internal medicine, urgent care, quality, adult primary care, medical ethics

View Full Profile

Gennaro A. Carpinito, MD, FACS

Gennaro A. Carpinito, MD, FACS

Title(s): Urologist-in-Chief; Charles M. Whitney Professor and Chairman, Department of Urology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Urology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6317
Fax #: 617-636-5349

Uro-oncology with special interest in kidney and prostate cancers, da Vinci Robot-assisted minimally invasive urological surgeries, ablative and reconstructive laparoscopic urological surgeries, radical nephrectomy, nephroureterectomy, partial nephrectomy, adrenalectomy, radical prostatectomy, pyeloplasty, minimally invasive endoscopic procedures and SWL (shock wave lithotripsy)

View Full Profile

Charles Cassidy, MD

Charles Cassidy, MD

Title(s): Orthopaedist-in-Chief; Associate Professor and Chairman, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Orthopedics
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5150
Fax #: 617-636-5178

Hand, elbow and upper extremity surgery

View Full Profile

Brian J. Cohen, MD

Brian J. Cohen, MD

Title(s): Medical Director, Pratt Diagnostic Center; Primary Care Physician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care, Pratt Diagnostic Center, Clinical Decision Making
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2800
Fax #: 617-636-3080

Internal medicine, adult primary care, nephrology, clinical decision making, concierge medicine

View Full Profile

Sabrina D. Craigo, MD

Sabrina D. Craigo, MD

Title(s): Chief, Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine (High-Risk Pregnancy)
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4549
Fax #: 617-636-4202

Prenatal diagnosis, medical complications in pregnancy, cervical incompetence, multiple gestations

View Full Profile

Michael de Moor, MD

Michael de Moor, MD

Title(s): Chief, Pediatric Cardiology; Director, Pediatric Cardiac Catheterizations and Interventions; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, CardioVascular Center, Pediatric Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5067
Fax #: 617-636-2354

Pediatric cardiology, interventional cardiology

View Full Profile

Jay S. Duker, MD

Jay S. Duker, MD

Title(s): Ophthalmologist-in-Chief; Director, New England Eye Center; Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology and Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Ophthalmology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4604
Fax #: 617-636-4866

Macular disease, intraocular tumors, vitreoretinal diseases and surgery, diabetic eye disease

View Full Profile

Richard M. Dupee, MD, FACP, AGSF

Richard M. Dupee, MD, FACP, AGSF

Title(s): Chief, Geriatrics Service; Primary Care Physician; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care, Geriatrics
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2800
Fax #: 617-636-1384

Geriatrics, disease management, Medicare risk contracts, complementary medicine, adult primary care

View Full Profile


Call 617-636-5000, and ask the operator to page “The Child Protection Program.”