SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME. Bernadette J. Madrid, M.D. Executive Director Child Protection Unit Network. What is physical abuse?. Acts by a caregiver that cause actual physical harm or have the potential for harm (WHO, 2002)
Bernadette J. Madrid, M.D.
Child Protection Unit Network
Population-based study in Scotland (Barlow & co-authors, 2000):
24.6 per 100,000
Result: infant brain is much softer, more gelatinous than adult and thus more fragile
Inability to control infant crying
Protective Custody. If the investigation discloses sexual abuse, serious physical injury or life-threatening neglect of the child, the duly authorized officer or social worker of the Department shall immediately remove the child from his home or the establishment where he was found and place him under protective custody ensure his safety.
Determine nature of injuries
Child at risk
Report to LGU or DSWD field office
Criminal Case filed
Authorizing all Provincial and City Prosecutors to make an order for the performance of an autopsy on the body of child-victims, upon the request of any interested party, and upon proper showing that the child may have died under suspicious or abuse-related circumstances, there being no external signs to readily conclude that the child died as a result of violence or crime.
“Any interested party”
Shall include but be not limited to a law enforcement
Officer, parent or legal guardian, or authorized physicians of the UP-PGH Child Protection Unit and other government hospitals.