Over 42,000 cases of child abuse have been substantiated in New Jersey over the past five years as reported by the U.S, Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families. This number, which represents only those cases where abuse was certain and a perpetrator was identified, has taken place in every county in New Jersey.
How can your practice help prevent child abuse?
The New Jersey Chapter, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF), offers free trainings related to child abuse and neglect identification and prevention to pediatric practices, Emergency Departments and Emergency Medical Services statewide. The Chapter also conducts Part 4 and Part 2, ABP-approved Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs. All training programs offer CMEs and CNEs to participants.
Project LAUNCH: Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health Building a Medical Home Neighborhood in Essex County in a national initiative designed to promote the wellness of young children ages birth to 8, and reduce racial and ethnic disparities. NJ Project LAUNCH is targeting urban Essex County and is using a Help Me Grow systems approach to strengthen the connections between physicians, parents/families, and community providers to addresses the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of child development. This work acknowledges the importance of the medical home/neighborhood and includes an emphasis on routine developmental screening and surveillance. Project LAUNCH ensures that parents/families have access to a continuum of community-based evidence-based programs (EBP) that support parent-child interaction and young child development across a range of settings—health care, home visiting, child care, Early Head Start/Head Start, preschool/school to promote early identification of health and developmental issues that impact child wellness.