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NCJ Number: 202229 Find in a Library
Title: Protecting Children From Maltreatment in a Hospital Setting
Journal: Child Abuse & Neglect  Volume:25  Issue:12  Dated:December 2001  Pages:1551-1553
Author(s): Donald C. Bross
Editor(s): Richard D. Krugman
Date Published: December 2001
Page Count: 3
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This commentary briefly addresses the need to protect children from potential maltreatment in a hospital or institutional setting.
Abstract: This commentary argues that risks to children are least acceptable where there is a representation by professionals or agencies that children will be safeguarded when not being cared for by parents. It is expected that when children are entrusted to the care of nonparents, such as hospitals, that they will receive proper care and be protected. The highest standard of care for children applies to professions and institutions that hold themselves out to be beneficial for children. However, only 19 percent of American hospitals have a written systematic approach or protocol for managing child maltreatment occurring in their facility. It is recommended that there be a sharing of strategies for assuring accountability for hospitals to prevent abuse in their institutions. In addition, it is recommended that there be improved and focused screening of staff and professionals, patient complaint options, hospital ombudsmen, or otherwise improved risk management systems. There is the need for systematic approaches to protecting children from maltreatment while in hospitals. References
Main Term(s): Child abuse
Index Term(s): Child abuse detection; Child abuse prevention; Hospitals; Institutional child abuse; Long-term care institutions
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