The objective of this article was to review the case series' profile followed up by
the Gazi University Multidisciplinary Team for Child Protection and to describe the
challenges in our child protection system. The cases referred to this team between
February 2001 and January 2007 were analyzed. In addition to the clinical management,
challenges encountered during follow-up due to gaps in the child protection system
were reviewed. A total of 139 patients were referred to the team during the study
period. Mean age for physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect were 8.9 +/- 6.2, 10.8
+/- 4.2, and 5.1 +/- 5.5 years, respectively. Sexual abuse was significantly less
common while neglect was significantly more common in the 0-5 years of age group.
In addition to the gaps within each link of the child protection system (medical,
legal and social services) in Turkey, interagency collaboration seems to be inadequate.
Hospital-based multidisciplinary teams can start such a collaboration.