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Providing Healing-Centered Support in Clinical Pediatric Settings


Talking with Caregivers

Starting conversations with parents and caregivers about stress and relationships at home can make a difference. 

Screening and disclosure-driven practice has limitations. Talking to all of your patients’ caregivers about safe, healthy relationships and how relationships affect health, (instead of relying on screening), can improve family health + safety and prevent violence. 

Providing universal education in pediatric health care settings focuses on relationships and connection to resources for everyone. Learn more about how to implement a universal education approach in pediatric settings. Learn more

What to do in every visit

Talk to all caregivers about safe and healthy relationships, as well as resources and support for themselves and others if violence is occurring.

Resources for pediatric clinic settings

What to do when you think IPV is happening

Universal education helps provide resources and support for everyone, including those who don’t disclose. 

Partner with advocates to support families

Make warm referrals to trusted family serving partners. 

Pediatric health care providers can expand their care network for children and families by partnering with domestic/sexual violence advocates, family serving organization and culturally-specific community-based programs. 


Mandatory Reporting to Mandatory Supporting

Studies show that mandatory reporting can sometimes do more harm than good, and is often a barrier to seeking support for survivors. Prioritizing healing-centered support in mandatory reporting can help mitigate harm, center child safety and promote survivor autonomy. Learn more.

Resources for Mandated Reporting


Safe Documentation


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