Charles Wilson

Charles Wilson, MSSW, is the Senior Director of the Chadwick Center for Children and Families and the Sam and Rose Stein Endowed Chair in Child Protection at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego where he oversees a large multi-service child and family maltreatment organization providing prevention, intervention, medical assessment, and trauma treatment services along with professional education and research. Mr. Wilson serves as the director of the California Evidenced-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC), under contract with the California Department of Social Services, and as project director of the Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Dissemination and Implementation Project for SAMHSA and the California Screening, Assessment, and Treatment Initiative, funded by the US/HHS Administration on Children, Youth and Families. The Senior Director also supports institutionwide efforts to improve the operations of the hospital, co-leads the Rady Children’s Hospital Centers for Developmental and Behavioral Sciences and provides administrative oversight to Rady Children's Psychiatry and Medical Social Services departments. He co-chairs the Child Welfare Committee of the SAMHSA-funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and serves on the Board of the California Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance.

Mr. Wilson was formerly the Executive Director of the National Children's Advocacy Center in Huntsville, AL. Mr. Wilson previously served in a variety of roles in public child protection, from a front line worker in Florida and Tennessee in the 1970s, to the State Child Welfare Director in Tennessee (1982-1995). He is past President of the American Professional Society on Abuse of Children and past Vice President of the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators and a former ex-officio member of the National Children’s Alliance Board of Directors. Mr. Wilson is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and seminars and the author or co-author of numerous publications, articles, book chapters on trauma-informed child welfare, evidence-based practices, team investigation of child abuse, and forensic interviewing, as well as, the book Team Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse: The Uneasy Alliance.