Child maltreatment is recognized to be part of a continuum of family violence that includes child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, and the abuse of animals and the elderly. The problem remains widespread and serious in its costs, whether reckoned in dollars or human potential. Child maltreatment, however, is a preventable problem, and pediatricians have a role in its prevention.
Policy and Publications
Connected Kids: Safe, Strong, Secure offers child healthcare providers a comprehensive, logical approach to integrating violence prevention efforts in practice and the community. The program takes an asset-based approach to anticipatory guidance, focusing on helping parents and families raise resilient children.
Patient Education: Protecting Your Baby From Abuse brochure. This brochure takes a proactive approach to preventing shaken baby syndrome, with information on its severe consequences, plus advice on coping with a crying baby and handling other stresses of parenting. Provides a list of symptoms to aid in identifying cases of shaken baby syndrome and explains what to do if you think your child is injured.
AAP The Resilience Project Through funding from the Department of Justice, the American Academy of Pediatrics has developed resources for pediatricians and medical home teams to more effectively identify and care for children and adolescents who have been exposed to violence.