Pediatric SANEs in Action
- Pediatric SANE services are currently provided in six of the state's Children's Advocacy Centers. A 24 hr, 7 day/week Pediatric SANE emergency response is in place at Lawrence General Hospital.
- Pediatric SANEs provide forensic examinations, medical care and emotional support for children 11 years of age and younger when there are concerns or disclosures of sexual abuse.
- When caring for children following acute assaults (< 72 hours of presentation), Pedi SANEs use the "state of the art" Massachusetts Pediatric Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit for forensic evidence collection, and the Medscope® Camera for video-documentation.
- Care is also provided for children with chronic abuse (> 72 hours of presentation or episodic abuse over a period of time). In these situations the Medscope® Camera is utilized for documentation of possible old or healing injuries.
- When performed by skilled Pediatric SANEs, the forensic sexual abuse examination is the first step in psychological, physical and emotional healing for the child and non-offending caregiver.
- Pediatric SANEs provide crisis intervention, support and education for children and families. Skilled intervention provides a sense of well-being and normalcy to not only the young patient, but to their family as well
- As mandated reporters, Pediatric SANEs work closely with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to ensure the safety of the child
- Pediatric SANEs provide interpretation of forensic exam findings for other members of the multidisciplinary team, and act as an important liaison between the multidisciplinary team and the child's Primary Care Provider.
- Pediatric SANEs provide consultation and education to community providers regarding the care of the child who has been sexually abused
- Pediatric SANEs work with law enforcement and criminal justice and may be called to testify on their exam findings.
Pediatric SANE Providers:
- Are certified and credentialed through the MA Department of Public Health
- Complete 48 hour didactic training and must successfully complete a written examination
- Demonstrate competency through preceptored examinations with seasoned child sexual abuse clinicians/experts
- Have access to expert clinical advisors for case consultation/review
- Participate in on-going continuing education and training
Key Advisors and Supporters include members of the Pediatric SANE Advisory Group
- Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF)
- MA District Attorney's Association
- MA Office for Victim Assistance
- Boston Medical Center, Children's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Lawrence General Hospital
- MA Nurses Association
- Boston Police and State Police Crime Labs
- Massachusetts Children's Alliance (MACA)
- MA Emergency Medical Services for Children
- MA Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Services
- Massachusetts Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC)
- Jane Doe Inc.
- Disabled Persons Protection Commission
- MA College of Emergency Physicians
- Executive Office of Public Safety, Programs Division
- Governor's Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence
- The Pediatric SANE Protocol and Pediatric SANE Training Curriculum were created with funds from the Edward Byrne Memorial Grant.
- The Massachusetts Pediatric Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit (MPSAECK) was created and produced with funds from the MA Executive Office of Public Safety. This pediatric evidence collection kit is the "first of its kind" and has been showcased at several national conferences.
Pediatric SANE Services in Emergency Departments (EDs)
Pediatric SANE services are currently available on a 24 hr, 7 day/week basis in the following ED:
- Lawrence General Hospital
Phone (978) 683-4000 ext 2500
Pediatric SANE Services in Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs)
Pediatric SANE services are currently in place in the following counties
- Berkshire County - Berkshire County Kid's Place - Pittsfield, MA
- Bristol County CAC - Bristol County CAC, Fall River, MA
- Essex County CAC - Lawrence (Lawrence General Hospital) and Salem (North Shore Children's Hospital)
- Norfolk County CAC - Children's Advocacy Center of Norfolk County - Canton, MA
- Plymouth County - Conway CAC of Plymouth County - Brockton, MA
- Suffolk County - Children's Advocacy Center of Suffolk County - Boston, MA
For further information contact:
Joan Sham, RN, MS
Pediatric SANE Associate Director
MA SANE Program
Lucia Zuniga, RN, SANE
Director, Adult and Pedi SANE Program
MA SANE Program
Cindy Moore, CPNP, SANE
Pedi Clinical Coordinator
MA SANE Program
This information is provided by the Violence Prevention and Intervention Services within the Department of Public Health.