Working to Prevent and Treat Abuse and Neglect
The Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children provides services to abused and neglected children and their families. Located in the Sabin Education Building at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the center has state-of-the-art facilities for the forensic and medical evaluation of allegations of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse and medical neglect. In addition, the center provides training programs for physicians, social workers, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists and law enforcement personnel. The center’s research program includes projects improving forensic evaluations including enhancing child interviews, refining diagnostic measures for sexually transmitted diseases in children and better identification and improved outcome for inflicted head injuries in children. In addition, the center evaluates a series of training programs ranging from forensic interview training, pediatric sexual assault evaluations and community adoption of evidence-based treatment models. The center has two main components:
- Mayerson Advocacy Center (MAC)
- Training opportunities
In addition, the center collaborates with the Childhood Trust and the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics to improve prevention and treatment opportunities for at-risk children.