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Teeuw AH, Sieswerda-Hoogendoorn T, Aaftink D, Burgers IA, Vrolijk-Bosschaart TF, Brilleslijper-Kater SN, Heymans HS, van Rijn RR. Acta Paediatr. 2016; 106(7): 1118-1127.


Department of Radiology, Emma Children's Hospital - Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


(Copyright © 2016, John Wiley and Sons)






AIM: This study described cases of child abuse and neglect (CAN) that were reported to the multi-agency CAN team at the Emma Children's Hospital in Amsterdam and the resulting interventions.

METHODS: We carried out a retrospective review of all cases that were reported to the CAN team from 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2012.

RESULTS: There were 27 prenatal cases, 92 referrals based on parental characteristics and 523 children. Overall, 1.2% of the children visiting the emergency department of our hospital, attending the outpatients department or being admitted were reported to the team. More than half of the referrals (55.1%) were confirmed as CAN. The most common diagnoses were: witnessing intimate partner violence, physical neglect and emotional abuse. If CAN was confirmed an intervention was offered in 98.3% of cases. If a CAN diagnosis was undetermined or rejected the figures were still 83.5% and 64.2%, respectively.

CONCLUSION: Our results showed that CAN affected more than one in every 100 children visiting our hospital and the expertise of our hospital-based CAN Team led to an intervention in the majority of the reported cases. The broad scope of problems that were encountered underlined the importance of a multi-disciplinary CAN team. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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Language: en


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