Multidisciplinary Team Training

Multidisciplinary Team Training


 The Child Protection Network Foundation, Inc. (CPN) is a Filipino non-stock, non-profit charitable foundation registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). CPN is a multidisciplinary network that is committed to the highest clinical standards of care for abused children. It works towards capacitating women and child protection specialists and women and child protection units (WCPUs) to achieve excellence in serving abused children and children-at-risk. It has grown from one child protection unit (CPU) at the Philippine General Hospital to 73 women and children protection facilities in hospitals and local government units spread across 9 cities and 40 provinces in the Philippines as of 2014. CPN’s goal is to establish at least one WCU in each of the 81 provinces of the country so that every abused woman and child will have access to services within 2 hours. From 2004 to 2014, the WCPUs have served more than 45,562 children.

CPN is composed 1) individual members who have been trained to be women and child protection specialists and 2) WCPUs that are either hospital-based or community-based across the country. Figure 1 illustrates the levels of Women and Child Protection Unit as stated on the Department of Health’s Administrative Order No. 2013-0011: Revised Policy on the Establishment of Women and Child Protection Units in all Government Hospitals.


 The Multidisciplinary Team Training on Violence Against Women and Children (MDT on VAWC) is a four-day live-in, comprehensive, and interactive training program designed for physicians, social workers and police officers who are at the frontline of responding to VAWC cases (i.e., municipal health officers, municipal social workers, WCPD police officers and investigators.

The training program aims to equip participants with the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for handling VAWC cases through multidisciplinary, gender-sensitive and rights-based approach. The course has four learning outcomes: 1) effective communication skills; 2) competent gathering of evidence to establish abuse; 3) appropriate use of MDT; and 4) effective case management. The training objectives are aligned with CPN’s vision, mission and goals (Table 1) and cut across the medical, social service and legal professions (Table 2).

Table 1: CPN’s Vision, Mission, Goals and the MDT General Objectives
Vision Mission Goals Training Objectives
All children in the Philippines and throughout Asia are protected from abuse and neglect. The Asian Center for Child Protection in collaboration with all Child Protection Units shall serve every abused child with compassion and competence ensuring that all abused children and children at risk are safe, healthy, and developing to the best of their potential within a nurturing family environment. To encourage a high level of expertise in the field of child protection through continuing medical education and training opportunities

To establish at least one (1) Child Protection Unit in all provinces of the country
To train professionals on the proper and sensitive management of child abuse cases

To demonstrate effective communication skills
To gather evidence competently to establish abuse
To appropriately use the MDT approach in VAWC cases
To perform case management effectively
Table 2: MDT’s General and Specific Objectives
General Objectives Specific Objectives
At the end of the training, the participants should be able to: Health Professionals Social Workers Police Officers
1.    Demonstrate effective communication skills

2.    Gather evidence competently to establish abuse

3. Appropriately use the MDT approach in VAWC cases

4. Perform case management effectively

1.      Perform proper child- and women-sensitive history taking

2.  Interpret physical finding correctly

3. Formulate a medical and medico-legal impression

4.  Produce a medico-legal certificate using standardized terminology

5. Formulate medical management plan

6. Demonstrate a multidisciplinary approach in handling VAWC

1.       Identify necessary information to establish a VAWC case

2.  Recognize safety and risk factors surrounding the case

3.  Formulate an assessment and appropriate plan

4. Produce an accurate social case report

5. Competently conduct a case conference

6. Demonstrate a multidisciplinary approach in handling VAWC

1.  Ask developmentally appropriate and gender-sensitive questions

2.  Identify evidence with probative value

3.  Produce accurate and court admissible sworn statements and affidavits

4. Assist victims, their families and other members of the multidisciplinary team

5. Demonstrate a multidisciplinary approach in handling VAWC


The MDT on VAWC is run by multidisciplinary teams composed of individual members of the network and guest lecturers who are specifically trained by the CPN to conduct the course. It is based on the latest recommendations and best practices in the field as well as on the experience and expertise of the trainers.


The course is designed for a minimum of 36 and a maximum of 45 participants composed of one (1) Municipal/Provincial/City Health Officer, one (1) Provincial/Municipal/City Social Welfare Development Officer and one (1) Women and Child Protection Desk Police Officer per municipality.


The training course takes four days with eight hours per day. It can be run by a minimum of six persons, including the following: 1) physicians, 2) social workers, 3) lawyer and 4) secretariat.

The hosting/inviting organization must arrange and bear the actual costs of the following:

  • Venue
  • Accommodation – five(5) night accommodation of training team and participants as they need to be in the venue on the eve of the first day
  • Meals
  • Kit reproduction
  • Participants’ local transportation
  • Training team and/or participant’s airfare and/or land transportation (including terminal fee)
  • Training fee