Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2004, $742,108)
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is committed to improving the justice system's response to crime against children. Child abuse and neglect impact the health of children on a daily basis. A longstanding mission of the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters is the welfare of children.
One of the greatest challenges is the shortage of qualified professionals and inadequate training to diagnose and treat child abuse. This project seeks to address the problem by providing training through the development of a fellowship program in Forensic Pediatrics. The overall objective of forensic pediatric training is to produce a physician who is clinically proficient in the field of Forensic Pediatrics and who has the ability to diagnose and mange acute and chronic manifestations of child abuse, competence in teaching, the ability to design and conduct research in child abuse, and competence in the physician role in a multidisciplinary field.
In addition, the project seeks to establish a research capacity and program in the area of child abuse assessment, treatment, and prevention.