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Frequently Asked Questions
At Children’s National, we understand that families have many questions about their child’s condition and care. Here is a list of frequently asked questions regarding our Child and Adolescent Protection Center .
Spanking is not illegal in the District of Columbia but leaving marks on a child is physically abusive. We do not condone spanking as a form of discipline. Discipline is important but there are other ways to discipline children that are more effective and less harmful.
The medical exam for sexual abuse/sexual assault is not the same as a gynecological exam. The exam is not painful and in most cases is not invasive.
The Child and Adolescent Protection Center is a division within Children’s National Hospital, not a governmental agency. We do not remove children from the home. We are a team of healthcare professionals who seek to identify child abuse and to work with children, families and other agencies to promote the safety and well being of children.
All health-related information is confidential. However, when abuse is suspected, all healthcare providers are required by law to report those concerns to child protective services/social services and/or the police.