To Assess Awareness Regarding Child Abuse and Neglect , amongst Emergency Medical Professionals in Pune, India – A Pilot Sludy
Keywords:Child abuse, awareness, sexual abuse
Introduction: Violence against children is widespread and affects millions of children globally. Violence
against children occurs in various forms including physical violence, maltreatment, bullying, emotional or
psychological violence, forced and bonded labour, and trafficking.
To prevent child abuse, it is essential that a high degree of awareness is essential amongst all stakeholders
including parents, educators and medical professionals. The common thread among all studies conducted in
medical professionals is the lack of focused training and sensitisation that can enhance the ability to detect
such cases and respond to them promptly
Objective: To Assess Awareness Regarding Child Abuse and Neglect among Emergency Medical
Professionals in Pune
Methodology: As part of an awareness initiative by the Institute, an online session was conducted for the
Emergency Medical Professionals (EMP) in Pune city. 65 Emergency Medical Professionals working in
various hospitals located around all parts of Pune participated in the session. After the session was completed,
informed consent was taken from the participants for answering a questionnaire based on the subject.
The questionnaire chosen for the study was Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Scale (CANA-S) a pretested
and validated tool. The CANA-S tool comprises 4 sections, each section comprising a subscale dedicated
to one of the major categories of child abuse and neglect i.e. physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse,
Conclusion: Though the overall awareness about Child Abuse and Neglect is satisfactory, further training
programs should be encouraged, to achieve near 100 % awareness amongst EMS professionals in order to
prevent and report every single case of Child Abuse and Neglect.
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