THE ROLE OF THE DOCTOR IN PREVENTING, DETECTING AND RESPONDING TO CASES OF VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN
Violence against children is a difficult topic for everyone who has encountered it at least once: parents, teachers, health workers. Violence against children is difficult to detect, even more difficult to counter it. According to a study by the Council of Europe, every 5th Ukrainian child is a victim of sexual violence, every third – is a victim of physical violence, and every second – is a victim of psychological violence. 600,000 children live in families with difficult living conditions, which increases the risk of violence
Violence against children affects brain function, mental health, leads to non-infectious, infectious, chronic diseases, changes other areas of a child’s life. Often a doctor is the only specialist, who sees a child and can detect the violence committed against him.
The purpose of the course – to develop the competence of Ukrainian doctors in detecting and responding to cases of violence against children
- By the International Leadership and Development Center (ILDC), based on the materials of American doctors-experts on the detection and response to cases of violence (Lori Frasier and Vincent Palusci) with their permission and with respect for intellectual property rights;
- in accordance with the current legal framework in Ukraine;
- with the examination of the content by practitioners who are certified trainers of the ILDC under the program “The role of the health worker in the child protection system. Responding to cases of violence “
IN FOUR WEEKS OF THE COURSE YOU:
- Get acquainted with the topic of protecting children from violence and will be able to operate with basic concepts
- Understand the impact of violence on a child’s development, health, social behavior, and the economic consequences of violence for the state
- Master the ability to detect signs of physical and sexual abuse of children and neglect
- You will be able to distinguish the behavior of children, which may indicate violence against him/her
- You will know how to examine a child and the basic principles and methods of gathering information in identifying cases of violence
- You will know step-by-step actions when detecting cases of violence against children
- You will be able to fill out forms to report cases of violence
- You will know the key actors who have a key role to play in identifying and responding to child abuse, their roles and responsibilities
THE COURSE IS DESIGNED for medical workers: pediatricians, family doctors, nurses, surgeons, ambulance workers, traumatologists, neurologists, ophthalmologists, gynecologists in Ukraine
It can also be useful for child protection professionals: child protection workers, social workers and volunteers; teachers; specialists of non-governmental organizations, local governments; parents
WEEK 1. OVERVIEW OF THE PROBLEM OF VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN AND ITS PREVENTION
1.1. Violence against children: statistics and basic concepts.
1.2. Child abuse and its types (based on the legislation of Ukraine).
1.3. Consequences of child abuse: why is violence a medical problem?
1.4. Shaken baby syndrome.
WEEK 2. IDENTIFICATION OF SIGNS OF PHYSICAL VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN AND NEGLECT
2.1. Behavioral and emotional signs of physical violence in children of different ages.
2.2. Clinical conditions that are characteristic in the case of possible physical violence (hematomas, burns).
2.3. Clinical conditions that are characteristic in the case of possible physical violence (head injuries and abdominal injuries).
2.4. Clinical conditions that are characteristic in the case of possible physical violence (bone fractures).
2.5. Careless treatment of children, its consequences.
WEEK 3. DETECTION OF SIGNS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN. FEATURES OF EXAMINATION OF CHILDREN AND ASSISTING THEM IN CASE OF SUSPICION OF VIOLENCE
3.1. Psychological and physical signs of sexual violence.
3.2. Features of providing assistance to children.
3.3. Methods of gathering information on suspicion of violence.
3.4. The role of doctors in detecting cases of violence.
WEEK 4. RESPONDING TO CASES OF CHILDREN’S VIOLENCE
4.1. The procedure for conducting and documenting the results of medical examinations of children who have suffered from violence.
4.2. Subjects of the child protection system.
4.3. Interagency cooperation in detecting and responding to cases of child abuse.
The course is taught at the basic and expert levels. Students of the basic level course can become anyone, regardless of professional orientation and educational level. A prerequisite for participation in an expert-level course is the availability of medical education at any educational level.
When registering, you must select the required level of the course or in case of taking the course at the expert level, download a scanned copy of the document confirming the availability of education in the field of medicine.