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Preventing Sexual Abuse in Children

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Protect your child from predators while still encouraging activity participation.
Air Date: 2/20/18
Duration: 13:08
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Angelo P. Giardino, MD, PhD
Dr. Angelo GiardinoAngelo P. Giardino, MD, PhD, CMQ, is Senior Vice President/Chief Quality Office at Texas Children’s Hospital. Prior, Giardino served as the Chief Medical Officer for Texas Children’s Health Plan, a provider-sponsored HMO that serves over 430,000 Medicaid and CHIP enrollees in Texas. He earned a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, and is a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) within the American Association for Physician Leadership. He completed the Patient Safety Certificate Program from the Quality Colloquium, is certified in medical quality (CMQ) as designated by the American Board of Medical Quality and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Medical Quality. A Professor of Pediatrics and Section Head of Academic General Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). Dr. Giardino is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Child Health Finance and he recently completed a three year term on the Quality Improvement committee for the Children’s Hospital Association and worked on quality measurement and the role of value-based alternative payment models in the pediatric setting. Dr Giardino received his medical degree and doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania, completed his residency and fellowship training at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He received his Master’s in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts. He holds subspecialty certifications in Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. He is a recipient of the Fulbright & Jaworski L. L. P. Faculty Excellence Award. His academic accomplishments include publishing several textbooks on child abuse and neglect and presenting on a variety of pediatric topics at national and regional conferences.


Preventing Sexual Abuse in Children
Extracurricular activities are great for kids.

But, it’s difficult to encourage them to participate in these activities with the abuse stories that are prevalent in the news.

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You must prepare your children to talk about tough topics. Let them know they won’t get in trouble if they share with you. Explain that sometimes people do inappropriate things with children and you want to be the protector. Communication is the key.

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Perpetrators try to confuse kids so they’re in a jam. They use the camaraderie and participation to groom children into silence. They threaten or justify what they’re doing is okay.

You have to assure the kids that they aren’t being disloyal by sharing secrets. If behavior is appropriate, there should be no secrets.

Ask about policies and safety measures for activity participation. What are the overnight policies? What preventatives are in place to keep your child safe? Show the officials that you are scrutinizing what is happening. 

You also have the right to drop in unannounced to practices and training sessions. Unpredictable parents are scary to perpetrators.

Listen as Dr. Angelo Giardino joins Melanie Cole, MS, to advise on how to protect your kids from predators while still encouraging participation in extracurricular activities.

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