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. 


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.

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.

Researchers Link ADHD with Childhood Trauma
August 9, 2017

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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