Child Abuse

  • Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Program

    At Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the three-year Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship through the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children is designed to prepare physicians for an academic and clinical career in Child Abuse Pediatrics.

    Through a broad range of experiences, fellows develop proficiency in the areas of clinical care, research, teaching and administration. Clinical areas of study include physical child abuse, sexual child abuse, medical neglect, prevention and advocacy.

    Fellows also develop skills in research methodology, including study design, writing proficiency and statistical analysis. Opportunities to improve clinical and didactic teaching of residents, students and other healthcare professionals are provided. Administrative skills, such as multidisciplinary team building, budget preparation and fundraising are taught.

    Faculty members have a broad range of clinical and research interests in all areas of child abuse pediatrics. Faculty in other divisions are readily available through subspecialty electives and informal consultations and as research mentors.

    Additional Training Opportunities

    Medical Student and Resident Elective
    Pediatric residents and fourth-year medical students can enroll in a Child Abuse Elective.
    Contact Kathi Makoroff for more information at 513-636-0037


    Pediatric Sexual Abuse Nurse Examiner (Pediatric SANE) Training

    This training will prepare Registered Nurses and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to acutely evaluate and care for pediatric and adolescent sexual assault and abuse patients. The course faculty includes the interdisciplinary team members of Cincinnati Children’s Child Abuse Team.

    Course content includes pediatric growth and development, the team approach to the care and investigation of child sexual assault or abuse, the dynamics of child sexual assault and abuse, identification and documentation of injuries, evidence collection protocols and procedures, sexually transmitted infections, case scenario discussions, legal system overview and colposcopic and digital photo documentation.

    Our four-day didactic training must be supplemented with clinical experience at the attendee’s hospital.

    Contact Kaitlin Riffle, RN, for more information at 513-636-0045


    Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

    The Mayerson Center has two staff members trained to facilitate a three-hour child sexual abuse prevention training through Darkness to Light (D2L), an international nonprofit organization. The mission of D2L is to empower people to prevent child sexual abuse. Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children is a revolutionary sexual abuse prevention training program that educates adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, and motivates them to courageous action. The Stewards of Children program is designed for organizations and corporations that serve children and youth.

    2.5 continuing education hours are available for social workers and counselors.
    2.5 continuing professional education hours are available for nurses.

    More information regarding the Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training can be found on the Darkness to Light website.

    To schedule a local Stewards of Children training, contact: 

    Andrea Powers, andrea.powers@cchmc.org  or 513-803-0705
    Andrea Richey, andrea.richey@cchmc.org or 513-636-0786