We are facing an unprecedented time with COVID-19. Many families are experiencing economic stress, unemployment, housing insecurity, and an exacerbation of mental health issues. With social distancing and school closures, we have lost some of the safety nets for children at risk for abuse and neglect, including schools and daycare centers. The Center for Safe and Healthy Children is concerned that there will be an increase in the rates of child abuse and neglect and is committed to providing families and providers with supportive resources during this time.
Hosted in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, the Otto Bremer Trust Center for Safe and Healthy Children at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital is dedicated to providing medical care for victims and potential victims of child abuse and neglect. We provide comprehensive consultation, education and support for medical providers, community agencies and caregivers. We see children in hospital settings including inpatient units, emergency departments and specialty clinics.
The Center for Safe and Healthy Children includes a Medical Director subspecialty-certified in Child Abuse Pediatrics and a program coordinator licensed in clinical social work as well as additional dedicated staff consisting of a child abuse pediatrician, pediatric nurse practitioner, research coordinator, clinical social worker, fellowship coordinator, executive assistant, administrative supervisor, and a certified therapy dog.
Common referrals for evaluation include:
- Bruising and patterned injury
- Head Injury
- Abdominal injury
- Sexual Abuse/Assault
- Failure to Thrive
- Medical Neglect
- Medical Child Abuse
- Drug Exposure
The following services are provided:
- Comprehensive medical examination with written assessment for abuse, including documentation of injuries and medical diagnosis.
- Comprehensive medical examination for concerns of sexual assault.
- Complete forensic photo-documentation.
- Comprehensive psychosocial assessment.
- Referrals to community resources.
Our team is also available to provide case consultation as well as training on topics related to child abuse and neglect.