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The workshops are part of the € 470,541.54 EU-funded project, Protecting infants and toddlers from domestic violence: Development of a diagnostic protocol for infant and toddler abuse and neglect and its implementation to public health system (JUST/2011-2012/DAP/AG/3283). The project is currently taking place in six countries – Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Portugal, Italy and UK.
Prof Essau is the UK project coordinator and delivered the three workshops to staff from social services departments, children’s specialist services, Local Safeguarding Children Board, Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), children’s social care, and NHS who work with families and children under 3 years.
This project addresses the priority issue of infant and toddler protection from domestic violence. The workshops gave participants an update with a specific focus on the newly developed screening tool for identifying abuse and neglect among children 0 to 3 years, its administration, and the way in which this tool could be implemented during routine health exams.
Over the three days, presentations included:
Prof Essau said: “There has been a huge interest among workshops delegates in implementing this new tool in their settings. It is hoped that an early diagnosis of the disorder will provide the possibility of preventing future instances of severe child maltreatment, by indicating those families needing early intervention.”
Any practitioners in social services departments, NHS, and other relevant settings who wish to implement this screening tool for identifying families at risk for Infant and Toddler Abuse and Neglect, are encouraged to contact Prof Essau.
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