Clinic for abused children
Efforts on to provide victims with the psychosocial support they may need
A special outpatients’ clinic for abused children is to be in place at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) by August.
In making the revelation during the opening of a two-day symposium on student sexual abuse at the Hilton Barbados Resort yesterday, QEH consultant paediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist Dr Asha Pemberton-Gaskin said the Suspected Child Abuse And Neglect Clinic (SCAN) would function as a follow-up mechanism for abused children.
Pemberton-Gaskin, who will head the facility, said her department was working with the Child Care Board in setting up the clinic.
“We do recognize that there are gaps in the system and sometimes people fall through the cracks; sometimes at your level [caregivers] you don’t know who to send to or who to call. I am that person to call, very soon,” announced the doctor, who was speaking on the subject Managing Disclosures Or Suspicions Of Sexual Abuse.
“We will be, hopefully, in conjunction with the Child Care Board, providing a systematic and streamlined way of following up these young people and providing them with the psychosocial support they might need.
“Thanks to Dr Cave and our director of medical services, they should all be coming on stream somewhere between August/September of 2014,” she stated.
Pemberton-Gaskin said she hoped the hospital could continue to foster this intersectoral collaboration in order to keep in touch with those young people to see how they were progressing in their lives and their academic performances.
She said such cooperation was the only way to move forward with as multifaceted a team as possible.