Child Abuse

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Photo by Allen Kramer, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston

Understanding Child Abuse


Child abuse and neglect threaten the basic health and well-being of millions of American children annually. Children’s hospitals are uniquely positioned to combat this national health crisis.  Beyond diagnosing and treating victims of abuse, hospital physicians and staff take on expanded community roles through public education, advocacy and research. 

Resources

Report
National Children’s Hospital Child Abuse Survey: Executive Summary
August 28, 2019

Findings from the fourth triennial national survey of child protection teams at children’s hospitals from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Association, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Baylor College of Medicine.

Newsletter
Washington Update - May 31, 2019
May 31, 2019

CHA will offer a family prep webinar on June 12 and a hospital staff prep webinar on June 17 for 2019 Family Advocacy Day.

Newsletter
Washington Update - May 24, 2019
May 24, 2019

ACE Kids Act webinar recording available and HRSA extends CHGME program reconciliation application deadline.

Newsletter
Washington Update - May 17, 2019
May 17, 2019

Learn House support for delaying DSH cuts, and don't forget to join CHA later this month for one of two webinars on ACE Kids Act implementation.

Newsletter
Washington Update - May 10, 2019
May 10, 2019

Learn about the House Appropriations Committee proposal of $350 million for CHGME in FY 2020, and don't forget to join CHA later this month for one of two webinars on ACE Kids Act implementation.

Letter or Testimony
CHA Endorses the Early Detection to Stop Infant Abuse and Prevent Fatalities Act
April 3, 2019

CHA endorses Early Detection to Stop Infant Abuse and Prevent Fatalities Act.

Article
Researchers Link ADHD with Childhood Trauma
August 9, 2017

Researchers find a significant association between adverse childhood experiences and ADHD.

Article
The Harm the Opioid Epidemic is Causing Families
May 2, 2017

What this nurse realized when she talked to a young mother addicted to heroin.

Article
Adults Say Kids' Health is Worse Than in the Past
April 18, 2016

The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at University of Michigan, in collaboration with Children’s Hospital Association, found that adults agree that children's health today seems worse than over the last several decades.

Fact Sheet
Child Abuse Facts and Trends
March 20, 2015

Access facts and trends about child abuse and neglect.

Article
Strong Leadership Needed after a Serious Safety Event
January 23, 2015

Most hospitals assume the PICU is a safe environment. But at one hospital, after a family member harmed a hospitalized child, strong leadership was needed to move the hospital from a culture of blame to one of shared accountability.

Presentation or Recording
Child Abuse Webinars
September 18, 2013

View all of the archived Child Abuse webinars.

Poster
2012 Survey Findings of Child Abuse Services at Children's Hospitals
October 1, 2012

This poster was presented at the 2012 Annual Leadership Conference. It describes findings from the 2012 survey of child abuse services.

Report
2012 Survey Findings: Children's Hospitals Child Abuse Services
October 1, 2012

This report is the third iteration of benchmarking data for child protection teams at children’s hospitals.

Report
Defining the Children's Hospital Role in Child Maltreatment, Second Edition
October 1, 2011

Guidelines on what a hospital child protection team should offer in order to be a basic program, advanced program or center of excellence.

Poster
Defining the Children's Hospital Role in Child Maltreatment, Second Edition
July 1, 2011

This poster was presented at the 2011 Annual Leadership Conference. It covers findings from the report by the same name.

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