Coronavirus Update:What patients and families need to know
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 .
A child was spanked with a belt, but there are no marks. Do I need to report this?
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.
Is my child going to have a pap smear?
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.
Are you Child Protective Services?
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.
Is this information confidential?
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.