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SAFE-CARE Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Medical Providers

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The Broadway Columbia - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

1111 East Broadway

Columbia, MO 65201

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Missouri KidsFirst and the MO Department of Health and Senior Services invite any medical provider interested in improving their ability to care for maltreated children to attend this FREE, 2-day training that will introduce participants to the basics of medical-forensic evaluations for child physical and sexual abuse. Developed and delivered by Board Certified child abuse pediatricians, SAFE-CARE Training prepares advanced practice nurses, physicians, and physician assistants to provide specialized medical care for maltreated children in their own communities.

Medical-forensic evaluations are part of the multidisciplinary approach to investigating concerns for child abuse and neglect that is considered best practice by one of the nation's leading child advocacy organizations, National Children's Alliance. The National Children's Alliance maintains accreditation standards for child advocacy centers, and has approved this training for medical providers partnering with a child advocacy center.

After completing SAFE-CARE Training, eligible candidates are invited to apply to join the SAFE-CARE provider network. SAFE-CARE providers play a vital role in ensuring the safety and well-being of children that are subject to an abuse/neglect investigation by:

  • Evaluating injuries in the context of a reported incident
  • Providing thorough documentation of injuries
  • Collecting forensic evidence when appropriate
  • Providing accurate information & reassurance to children & families in the wake of child sexual abuse/assault
  • Providing comprehensive medical care & treatment for underlying conditions
  • Communicating exam findings to child protection partners, and helping them to understand how findings relate to abuse allegations
  • Providing occasional court testimony to help judges and juries understand the significance of exam findings

Missouri's philosophy is that victims of sexual and violent crimes, and their families, should not be financially responsible for their victimization. To ensure low- or no-cost medical care for child victims, the MO Department of Public Safety provides reimbursement for the fees associated with medical-forensic evaluations for child physical and sexual abuse/assault. Various types of medical providers can access reimbursement for acute sexual assault exams, but SAFE-CARE providers are uniquely qualified to receive reimbursement for both non-acute sexual abuse/assualt exams and child physical abuse exams.

Last year's training was certified for both AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ and trauma hours, and this year's training will be reviewed for similar certification. Updates will be provided, here.

Questions? Please contact Jeni at Missouri KidsFirst at 573-632-4600 or jennifer@missourikidsfirst.org.

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