In July 2017, with support from the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) in the Ministry of National Security, the VPA organised and began implementation of the Child Abuse Mitigation Project (CAMP) Cornwall  -  a hospital-based intervention at the Cornwall Regional Hospital to reduce the effects of violence on children and youth in the parish.

 

This is based on the model used at the UNICEF supported CAMP Bustamante at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in the early 2000’s.

Dedicated Social Workers seek the best Social Interventions available to help reduce the risks associated with violence.

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Overall Objectives:

  1. To be a culturally sensitive and an appropriate hospital-based violence prevention intervention

  2. To be a site for best practices in the management of children who have been hurt by violence and abuse

  3. To provide a stimulus for behaviour change to reduce recidivism.

  4. To ensure a unified and consistent approach as an early response, and for follow up treatment that may be  indicated.

  5. To contribute to  the institutionalization of hospital-based responses  in the trauma care system of the Ministry of Health

 

Approaches to Case Management:

This should simultaneously be holistic, child rights based and having a community and family focus. In this way, the following are intervention targets:

  • Attention to optimum development of child victims of violence, physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively

  • It is geared towards upholding the rights of the child victim

  • Recognizing that the family and community are ideally the first line of the response in dealing with problems with violence and interventions by CSJP, PMI and other stakeholders should seek to build capacity,

Source: Protocol for CAMP CRH
A hospital-based violence prevention intervention
by Rose Robinson-Hall, Social Work Consultant

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