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Joint Position on Care of Prepubescent Pediatric Sexual Abuse Patients in the ECS

Thursday, March 9, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Marisa Raso
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Joint Position on Care of Prepubescent Pediatric Sexual Abuse Patients in the Emergency Care Setting

The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and the International Association of Forensic Nurses acknowledge that sexual abuse of prepubescent children is quite distinct from that of adult patients. Pediatric sexual abuse patients are not “little adults” and should not be treated under the same policies or guidelines used in the adult emergency care setting..

It is the position of the Emergency Nurses Association and the International Association of Forensic Nurses that:

1. Children who may be victims of sexual abuse are provided a safe and private
    environment upon arrival in an emergency care setting.
2. Emergency nurses provide developmentally age-appropriate, empathetic, and
    non-judgmental support to pediatric patients as well as to the caregivers presenting
    with them whose emotional and psychological responses to the patient’s disclosures
    may directly impact the outcome on the family.
3. Non-offending parents and caregivers of children who may have been sexually
    abused will have access to a community-based advocate, where available, at any
    time during their stay.
4. Emergency nurses will engage social workers, where available, to facilitate
   completion of a psychosocial assessment to determine risk factors and strengths
   within the family.
5. Emergency nurses use a developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed approach  
    throughout the child’s care.

...cont.

Download the complete position paper.


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