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The Section on Child Abuse and Neglect, founded in 1988, is dedicated to improving the care of infants, children, and adolescents who are abused and neglected by providing an educational forum for the discussion of problems and treatments relating to child abuse and neglect and its prevention. 

Membership in SOCAN is open to all Fellows of the AAP.  SOCAN members need not be trained in, have experience or expertise in, or be practicing in the field of Child Abuse Pediatrics.  Membership in the Section should not be construed as evidence of certification or expertise in Child Abuse and Neglect. If you are interested in learning more about subspecialty certification in Child Abuse Pediatrics, visit the American Board of Pediatrics Web site.

What's New

The AAP and the SOCAN will once again be co-sponsoring another
Inter-CAP: An International Conference on Child Abuse Pediatrics,
scheduled for June 12-15, 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

To learn more and sign up for updates,
click here to visit the conference website.


  • Child Abuse Pediatrics Review Materials
    The SOCAN is happy to offer a new resource to help prepare for the Child Abuse Pediatrics subspecialty certification exam. These materials are designed as a preparatory education based on the major headings of the context outline developed by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and will also enable participants to apply child abuse and neglect updates and case presentations readily in their own practice settings.

Revised Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 'Physical Signs of Child Sexual Abuse'
This evidence-based review and guidance for best practice is a revision of the 2008 Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) publication 'The Physical Signs of Child Sexual Abuse’. Learn more about the publication here

New Online Child Abuse Courses
The SOCAN has developed two new Pedialink modules to assist with training residents and others on identifying child abuse. Child Abuse: Abusive Head Trauma and Child Abuse: Cutaneous Injury takes about an hour and qualifies for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM each. There is no cost for residents. A fee of $24 for other AAP members. For more information and to register click here.

SOCAN Salary Survey Report

The Section on Child Abuse and Neglect (SOCAN) received approval from the AAP Office of the Executive Director to field a survey to collect data on salaries of pediatricians who practice in Child Abuse Pediatrics. The results of the survey can be found here (SOCAN members only, sign in required )

Free Webinar Series on Human Trafficking

Understanding Child Abuse & Neglect Infographic
from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council of the National Academies.

Scientific Understanding of Abusive Head Trauma for a Non-Technical Audience
Drs. Cindy Christian and Bob Sege presented to the journalism students of the Medill Innocence Project at Northwestern University on Nov. 8th, 2013.  Their presentation to the students presents the scientific understanding of abusive head trauma for a non-technical audience and can be found in the SOCAN members only section (sign in required ). To learn more about the Medill Innocence project, visit

Addressing the Bigger Picture: Adverse Childhood Experiences in Pediatric Settings
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever done to examine the links between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. The study findings suggest that certain experiences are major risk factors for the leading causes of illness and death. This online course will describe three effects of ACEs on children and parents, and offer tools and strategies including video vignettes for parents and caregivers as well as for providers, demonstrating how pediatricians can discuss ACE’s to promote trauma-informed pediatric care. Available in October – for more information

A Resource to Help Pediatricians Identify and Care for Children Exposed to Violence
Children exposed to violence are at higher risk for issues like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.  Interventions are most effective when initiated early.  A grant from the Department of Justice has supported the development of a Web portal that provides pediatricians the resources they need in this area.

Visit The Resilience Project to get:

  • Research and information on the prevalence and impact
  • Sample questions and video demos on how to address exposure to violence with families
  • Resources for parents
  • Educational opportunities


Upcoming Meetings/Conferences
Click here to see upcoming continuing medical education/trainings.


The Child Maltreatment 2013 report presents national data about child abuse and neglect known to child protective services agencies in the United States.

Highlights from the report include the following:

  • From 2009 to 2013, overall rates of victimization declined, from 9.3 to 9.1 per 1,000 children in the population. This resulted in an estimated 23,000 fewer victims in 2013 (679,000) compared with the number of victims in 2009 (702,000).
  • Since 2009, overall rates of children who received a response from child protective services (CPS) increased from 40.3 to 42.9 per 1,000 children in the population. This resulted in an estimated 145,000 additional children who received a CPS response in 2013 (3,188,000) compared to 2009 (3,043,000). States provide possible explanations for the increase in Appendix D, State Commentary.
  • Four-fifths (79.5 percent) of victims experienced neglect, 18 percent experienced physical abuse, 9 percent experienced sexual abuse, and 8.7 percent experienced psychological maltreatment.
  • For 2013, a nationally estimated 1,520 children died of abuse and neglect at a rate of 2.04 children per 100,000 children in the national population.

The full Child Maltreatment 2013 report is available to view and download on the ACF website, along with access to archived Child Maltreatment reports 1995-2012. Additional information on child abuse and neglect is available on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website at

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