In the Community

As a community leader in child abuse and prevention, CAP initiates outreach efforts that include communicating with target audiences to provide helpful information and specific tools to detect and prevent child abuse.

  • Community physicians receive prevention materials for parental guidance on how to handle stressors such as infant crying and toilet training
  • CAP participates in Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month each April by mounting a public relations and public information campaign for the Houston community

Education

For professionals

In the community, CAP conducts an educational program, SCAN (Suspect Child Abuse and Neglect), for the following professionals:

  • Community physicians and nurses
  • First responders
  • Law enforcement
  • Child protective services professionals
  • Teachers

With an emphasis on detection and prevention, SCAN focuses on the following topics:

  • Identifying signs and symptoms of child maltreatment
  • Biomechanics of various injuries and how they can indicate underlying abuse
  • Importance of family history
  • Conditions that mimic abuse
  • How to document injury findings
  • Local resources for medical consultation or service referrals

For the general public:

CAP conducts a public program for expecting and new parents, Happy Baby, which focuses on aspects of normal infant crying development, techniques for soothing a crying baby and self-care in the prevention of abusive head trauma.