Peter Sidebotham, Co-Editor of Child Abuse Review and Trustee of the AoCPP, talks to Dr Vincent Palusci and Dr Gabriel Otterman about their work in editing our special issue of Child Abuse Review focusing on the recognition, response and prevention of abusive head trauma, and our upcoming conference on this same issue.

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Welcome to Association of Child Protection Professionals' Podcast, a weekly podcast where we, alongside guest hosts, share with you the latest in child and family safeguarding.

This episode is a Special Episode. In these special episodes, we take a more focused look at a singular issue that professionals working with children and families need to know about. These are often specific and urgent – so we’ll be talking with a professional at the forefront of the issue.

In today's episode, Peter Sidebotham, Co-Editor of Child Abuse Review and Trustee at the Association of Child Protection Professionals, talks to Dr Vincent Palusci and Dr Gabriel Otterman about their work in guest editing our special issue of Child Abuse Review focusing on the recognition, response and prevention of abusive head trauma, and our upcoming conference on this same issue.

Vincent J. Palusci, M.D., M.S. is Professor of Pediatrics at New York University Grossman School of Medicine in New York City where he chairs the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital Child Protection Committee. He is a board certified general and child abuse pediatrician at Bellevue Hospital and Langone Health.

Dr Palusci received his medical degree from the Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School and completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at New York University / Bellevue Hospital Center. He entered private practice and later joined the faculty of the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University where he was a TRECOS scholar and earned a master's degree in epidemiology.

As Professor of Pediatrics at Wayne State University, Dr Palusci opened the child protection center and was the first program director for their child abuse pediatrics fellowship. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves as associate editor of Child Abuse Review. His research has focused on epidemiologic and health services issues for child abuse victims and prevention.

Dr Palusci has edited or co-edited seven books, including “The Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Multidisciplinary Approach” and received the Ray E. Helfer Award for child abuse prevention from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Alliance for Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds.

Gabriel Otterman, MD, MPH, PhD, serves as full-time Senior Consultant Paediatrician, Medical Director of the Child Protection Team and faculty member at Uppsala University Children’s Hospital.

Dr Otterman is founding co-chair, and served as co-chair of the Section on Child Maltreatment of the Swedish Paediatric Society. His research interests currently focus on an innovative medical home model for children and adolescents in out-of-home care.

In collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Ray E. Helfer Society, Dr Otterman serves as co-course director for the International Course on Child Abuse Paediatrics, InterCAP, in 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021.

Dr Otterman has worked as a general paediatrician and child abuse specialist in Massachusetts, Cambodia, and China before moving to Sweden to join the faculty at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden in 2003.

Peter Sidebotham is an emeritus professor of child health at Warwick Medical School, and formerly a consultant paediatrician and designated doctor for safeguarding children and for child death review. He has over 20 years’ experience as a practitioner and academic specialising in child protection.

Dr Sidebotham has published extensively on serious and fatal child maltreatment and unexpected child deaths. He is a member of the National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel, Co-Editor of Child Abuse Review as well as a Trustee of the Lullaby Trust and the Association of Child Protection Professionals.

Would you like to learn more from this discussion? If you are a member you can access this entire Special Issue of Child Abuse Review via our members' website or through Wiley.

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We realise that the next few months will continue to put pressure on child protection professionals, particularly those working on the frontline, and that is why we’re opening our resources to as many of you as possible.

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For those listening in the future, this episode is being recorded and published while the UK (and the world) is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic. Many frontline professionals are finding themselves overworked, time poor and confused as government guidance is changing daily. To alleviate the pressure child protection professionals are under, we have created the AoCPP Podcast, which will provide support to these professionals who continue to serve our country, its vulnerable children, and families, in unprecedented circumstances.
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