Child and Youth Protection

Pediatric Youth and Child Protection


  • Describe the epidemiology, risk factors and forms of  child maltreatment (abuse and neglect).
  • Learn to identify cases of suspected child maltreatment.
  • Demonstrate an unbiased approach to cases of possible child maltreatment including an appropriate history, physical examination, and differential diagnosis.
  • Describe the possible short and long term sequelae of child maltreatment.
  • Understand the medical, child welfare, and criminal justice roles in the identification, reporting, investigation, management, treatment and prevention of child maltreatment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the medico-legal and ethical aspects of child maltreatment pediatrics including the physician’s duty to report, medico-legal documentation and relevant laws.

Description: Students will work with members of the multidisciplinary team consulted on cases of possible maltreatment. Consultations will be seen in in-patient and outpatient settings. Clinical experiences include participating in patient assessments in the CYP clinic, historical sexual abuse clinic and with the on-call service. Students will also attend the weekly CYP Review Committee (a multidisciplinary, multiagency meeting), CYP rounds and peer review rounds. Other learning opportunities may include meeting with child welfare agency staff, observing court proceedings and participating in academic activities (e.g. research). Students will be provided with resource materials and will be expected to prepare structured teaching cases and demonstrate self-directed learning.

Location: CHEO

Duration: 2-4 weeks

Number of students: 1 per block

Available for: Clinical clerks only

Area:  Division of Child and Youth Protection (enter Rm 1065 hallway)

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