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Child Maltreatment

Another area for expansion is working collaboratively with medical staff to identify, document, and treat child maltreatment more effectively. Additional didactic and clinical education is required of program staff. Programs will need to work closely with their medical staff partners to outline the role of the SANE in these cases, which may vary considerably from one community to another.

Challenges to this type of expansion—

  1. How will patients be identified and referred to care?
  2. How will SANEs and/or facilities be reimbursed for providing this care?
  3. When the program is community-based, how and where will that patient receive the necessary testing and treatment?
  4. Does the community have access to trained child abuse pediatricians?