Prevention

​​Child Abuse and Neglect

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Prevention​

​Pediatricians and pediatric healthcare providers play an important role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.  They can help to strengthen families and promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships with the aim of preventing maltreatment.  In 2010, the AAP and the Council on Child Abuse and Neglect published a policy, The Pediatrician's Role in Child Maltreatment Prevention​which describes how pediatricians and pediatric healthcare providers can identify family strengths, recognize risk factors, provide helpful guidance, and refer families to programs and other resources with the goal of strengthening families, preventing child maltreatment, and enhancing child development.  To follow are some additional programs and resources to help pediatricians and their communities reach that goal, including resources for Child Abuse Prevention Month.  ​

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