Recognition of child maltreatment in ED’s in Europe

Child maltreatment is a worldwide threat to a child’s individual physical and psychological health and has a huge impact on the socio-economic level. Emergency departments (EDs) are the main entrance to acute health care and systematic screening at the ED has shown to increase the detection rate of child maltreatment.

On EM-day we proudly present to you the results of a survey performed in 2018 & 2019 to evaluate screening of child maltreatment in EDs in Europe to define areas of improvement. The survey was kindly distributed through EUSEM, REPEM, and EuSEN key members. Hospitals were scored based on the NICE guideline on child abuse & neglect.

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