Improving Professional Practice On Child Abuse
The IPPOCA project (Improving Professional Practice On Child Abuse) was funded by DG Justice – European Commission under the Daphne III programme. It was led by the Meyer Children Hospital in Florence (IT), with the following partners: Hospital Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona (ES), Heim Pál Children Hospital in Budapest (HU), HOPE, the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation in Brussels (BE) and UniTS, Università del Terzo Settore in Pisa (IT)
The project began in June 2013 and run until January 2015. The general goals of IPPOCA were to enhance the skills of health professionals working in pediatric hospitals and to improve their knowledge and practices implemented in case of a suspected abused child. Objectives were attained by the production of a manual based on the replies of a questionnaire set up in order to get a comprehensive picture of procedures already implemented by the three partner hospitals. The content is focused on issues regarding the abuse suspect: if a specific protocol to apply exists, who detects the suspect, who has to report it, how it is treated, if and how other professionals are involved. An annex listing the best practices in use emerged from the questionnaire is attached to the manual. Furthermore, teaching programmes are prepared and implemented through lessons organized by partner hospitals for their own professionals as well as others.
The goal is improving their skills in recognizing an abused child but also sharing a common method which can be applied in other settings.