Doctors at Safe Place: The Center for Child Protection and Health are working to educate the next generation of physicians and other health care providers on the subtle signs of child abuse. As mandated reporters in notifying child protective services if there is reason to suspect child abuse or neglect, doctors can find it difficult to navigate a clinical approach for this problem.
First-year medical students from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania sat in on a lecture hosted by Philip V. Scribano, DO, MSCE, director of Safe Place, and Cindy W. Christian, MD. Rhett Hackett, an adult survivor of childhood sexual assault, provided a thoughtful patient perspective to the students to explain how a doctor could have helped him if they had just asked the right questions.
Read more about how our doctors are helping to educate others about how to better identify children at risk for child abuse in this interview by WHYY.