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So far Heather Hein has created 44 blog entries.

State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a Digital World

As the debate about whether the Internet is safe for children rages, The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a Digital World discusses how digital access can be a game changer for children or yet another dividing line. The report represents the first comprehensive look from UNICEF at the different ways digital technology [...]

State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a Digital World2019-06-25T13:25:24-06:00

June article: Mental health of children exposed to intimate partner violence (Brazil)

Exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) is an important adverse childhood experience, but there are few longitudinal studies in low and middle-income countries. This study by Pereira Silva et al. evaluated 614 mother-child pairs in a poor urban district in northeastern Brazil to learn about the consequences of exposure to IPV for a child’s mental [...]

June article: Mental health of children exposed to intimate partner violence (Brazil)2019-06-19T07:31:06-06:00

The Risk and Prevention of Maltreatment of Children With Disabilities

This 2018 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides an overview of research and current trends regarding the maltreatment of children with disabilities, including risk factors in different settings, protective factors, and prevention strategies.    

The Risk and Prevention of Maltreatment of Children With Disabilities2019-06-14T18:56:41-06:00

Sexual Assault of Detained Migrant Children Reported in the Thousands Since 2015

According to an article on NPR.org (National Public Radio), in each of the past four years (2015-2019), 1,000 or more immigrant children who arrived at the southern U.S. border without their parents have reported being sexually abused while in government custody, according to federal records released in February 2019. The data from the Department of Health and [...]

Sexual Assault of Detained Migrant Children Reported in the Thousands Since 20152019-06-11T13:58:58-06:00

Harrowing Journeys: Children and Youth on the Move across the Mediterranean Sea, at Risk of Trafficking and Exploitation

This joint report from UNICEF and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) explores in detail survey data from the Central and Eastern Mediterranean Sea routes to Europe, focusing on adolescents and youth on the move from Africa and Asia. The analysis reveals staggering rates of trafficking and exploitation, and also points to the xenophobia and [...]

Harrowing Journeys: Children and Youth on the Move across the Mediterranean Sea, at Risk of Trafficking and Exploitation2019-06-11T13:01:00-06:00

Beyond Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy: Identification and Treatment of Child Abuse in a Medical Setting

This clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, written by John Stirling, Jr., M.D., outlines Munchausen by Proxy syndrome, including an overview of the syndrome, definitions and terminology, diagnosis and treatment, and clinical advice.      

Beyond Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy: Identification and Treatment of Child Abuse in a Medical Setting2019-06-11T12:54:05-06:00

The Perpetrators of Medical Child Abuse (Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy) – A Systematic Review of 796 Cases

This study in Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal aimed to understand the demographic and clinical characteristics of perpetrators of medical child abuse with a comprehensive review of the cases of nearly 800 perpetrators from 1965 to 2017.  

The Perpetrators of Medical Child Abuse (Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy) – A Systematic Review of 796 Cases2019-06-11T12:36:20-06:00

National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention: Tools for Child Death Review Teams

Many of the tools and resources on this web page were developed by child death review team coordinators and advocates across the U.S. Their experiences should help assist in efforts to develop and maintain an effective CDR team. Several of the tools come directly from A Program Manual for Child Death Review, which was prepared [...]

National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention: Tools for Child Death Review Teams2019-06-11T11:34:59-06:00

A Familiar Face: Violence in the Lives of Children and Adolescents

This report presents the most current data on four specific forms of violence: violent discipline and exposure to domestic abuse during early childhood; violence at school; violent deaths among adolescents; and sexual violence in childhood and adolescence. The statistics reveal that children experience violence across all stages of childhood, in diverse settings, and often at [...]

A Familiar Face: Violence in the Lives of Children and Adolescents2019-06-10T15:06:37-06:00