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.
- Please visit the Journal of Pediatric Health Care to search for articles on this topic.
- Read our position statement on Child Maltreatment Position Statement (2016).
- No Hitting Pledge – Hitting people is wrong – and kids are people too! Print out this two-sided handout and have your patient families take the no-hitting pledge.
- Child maltreatment and neglect SIG newsletter V1, V2, V3
- Check out our Positive Parenting Resources page and share with your patient families.
- Tools for PNPs, FNPs and Other Pediatric Providers
- American Academy of Pediatrics ToolsThe NAPNAP Executive Board recently voted to endorse the American Academy of Pediatrics “Effective Discipline to Raise Healthy Children” policy statement. The NAPNAP Executive Board wishes to emphasize that pediatric-focused nurse practitioners are important sources of information for parents for the best discipline techniques and that pediatricians are not the only source for this information, as might be construed by the policy statement.
- American Academy of Pediatrics. Connected kids: Safe, strong and secure
- American Academy of Pediatrics. Connected Kids: Safe, strong, secure. Clinical Guide
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Maltreatment & Violence Committee
- American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. APSAC position statement on corporal punishment of children
- American Psychoanalytical Association. Position Statement on Physical/Corporal Punishment
- American Psychological Association. Resolution on Corporal Punishment
- Global Initiative to End All Corporate Punishment of Children. The positive impact of prohibition of corporal punishment on children’s lives: Messages from research
- International Association of Forensic Nurses. Corporal Punishment Position Statement
- Research supporting positive discipline in the homes, schools and communities
- The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) Supports the American Academy of Pediatrics Updated Policy Calling on Parents to End Spanking as a Form of Discipline
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