An advocate for children
In April, McLane Children's Hospital and other Scott & White campuses will display hundreds of blue and silver pinwheels for "Pinwheels for Prevention®, which is the national symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention. As the new symbol for this cause, the pinwheel stands as an uplifting reminder of childhood and the bright futures all children deserves.
The McLane Children's Scott & White Abuse Support Center in Temple serves as an advocate for children. We support families and help stop child neglect and abuse in Central Texas through prevention and education.
Prevention and education
The center’s staff work with Safe Kids Mid-Texas to develop Shaken Baby Prevention Programs in all of the surrounding hospitals that handle deliveries. Our Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and forensic nurses are also working to create educational opportunities for child advocates in the community, law enforcement agencies, Child Protective Services, medical and nursing students, Communities in Schools, and Unit Victim Advocates.
The center is also working to create an annual conference on child abuse topics and to develop a program on “appropriate touching,” in which the staff will work with various community groups to educate younger children on this subject.
A multidisciplinary staff
Our multidisciplinary staff include pediatric focus on forensics by pediatrician, Erica Ward, MD, pediatric and adolescent Ob/Gyn specialists, an adolescent pediatrician, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), forensic nurses, McLane Children's Emergency Department, social services, hospital school services, Surgery and Trauma, Hospitalists and Pediatric Radiology.
Our team also includes counseling services, made up of social workers, mental health professionals, Pastoral Care, a Partnership with Child Advocacy Center, and the Child Life Program. Our community partners include Families in Crisis, Aware Central Texas (ACT), the Children’s Advocacy Center, the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, SafeKids Mid Texas, and Communities in Schools.
For more information
For more information, contact the following:
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