Orange County Child Advocacy Center
What is a Multi-disciplinary Team?
A Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) is a group of professionals from a variety of disciplines, including CAC staff, mental health, law enforcement, victim advocacy and child protective services, that work together to coordinate cases and provide services to victims and families.
The purpose of an MDT is to have all the players involved in a case on the same page. This model facilitates thorough investigations and ensures that families receive consistent and informed support and referrals.
Goals of MDT Model
Promote unified and collaborative response in the investigation, prosecution, and victim services.
Minimize number of times a child is interviewed.
Provide swift multi-disciplinary intervention to victims and families.
The MDT guidelines are based on the philosophy that no attempt to prevent and treat child abuse is likely to be successful unless it involves a cooperative effort on the part of all involved agencies and individuals.