Every year, there are nearly 3 million cases of child abuse and neglect reported nationally. April - National Child Abuse Prevention Month – provides us with an opportunity to highlight child abuse and neglect facts while also learning more about prevention methods through education and training. The Child Protection Program (CPP) at Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children serves as a resource for hospital staff, families and the greater community in dealing with issues pertaining to child abuse and neglect.
Our Child Protection Program is led by Dr. Heather McKeag, board-certified Child Abuse Pediatrician, and Aine Blanchard, a Pediatric Clinical Social Worker. To best serve our children and their families, CPP delivers its mission with the provision of clinical services, education, training and policy and program development. Last year, CPP made many advances within the Medical Center and around the city of Boston. These advances include the development of clinical practice guidelines, increased education and training for various pediatric divisions, presenting at regional conferences and providing advocacy services to the state legislature. Although these advances have resulted in increased relationship building, education, and training, there is so much more that can be done to help the CPP bring awareness to child abuse and neglect prevention.
National data provided from a survey completed by Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) recommends that all acute Children’s Hospitals with a level 1 or 2 adult or pediatric trauma center, ICU, or academic residency program should have a child protection team operating at the Advanced or Center of Excellence level. We are enlisting your help to ensure that our Child Protection Program remains innovative and on a high level for national standards. Additional funding will provide support for CPP to conduct research, attend national conferences, and have and access to ensure high level care for our patients and families.
Support the efforts of the Child Protection Program by making a gift to the Helping Hands Fund at Floating Hospital for Children!