Child Maltreatment and Neglect SIG - NAPNAP

Child Maltreatment and Neglect SIG

NAPNAP Child Maltreatment and Neglect SIG

The Child Maltreatment and Neglect Special Interest Group (CMN SIG) is for members with a special interest in the evaluation and/or prevention of child maltreatment. Many members focus primarily on subspecialty practice in the field of child physical abuse, child sexual abuse and child neglect evaluation, but all are invited to join.

The aim of this SIG is to improve communication and cooperation among involved practitioners while focusing on PNP education, practice support, networking and continued role development/NP practice parameters in the field.

Child maltreatment includes physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect of a child under the age of 18 by a parent, caretaker or another person in a custodial role. The few cases of child abuse and neglect seen in the news are only a small part of the problem. Many cases are not reported. Over 1600 children die a year in the United States from abuse and neglect (CDC, 2014). In 2012, close to 700,000 children were found to be victims of maltreatment by child protective services. Child maltreatment has a negative effect on physical health and emotional health. Children that are abused or neglected are at higher risk for health problems, alcoholism, depression, suicide, drug abuse, eating disorder, obesity, smoking and certain chronic diseases. The goal is to stop child maltreatment before it starts. Promoting safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments for children and families are key to protecting against maltreatment.  It is all health care providers responsibility to take a lead in the prevention and identification of child maltreatment.

Email: childmaltreatment@napnap.org

  • Revise the current Position Statement on Child Maltreatment.
  • Publish another manuscript on an issue the committee agrees to on Child Maltreatment/Foster Care/Neglect.
  • Offer a PedsCE course on Child Maltreatment & Neglect.
  • Re-start newsletter to communicate with SIG members on a bi-yearly basis. Newsletter to include list of articles/abstracts/presentations done by SIG members along with new information involving evidence on child maltreatment.
  • Update the links to resources on the National website.
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