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Promoting Unbiased and Inclusive Care

Promoting Unbiased and Inclusive Care

Child Abuse Pediatrics Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics: Child Abuse and Neglect
provides guidelines for practitioners who work with children who have experienced abuse and neglect.  

American Academy of Pediatrics: Trauma, Treatment, and Resilience
is an educational project available for health professionals to improve the identification and care of childhood trauma.

Eliminating Race-Based Medicine
is an academic article that explains how professionals can take action to eliminate racial bias in medicine.

Racism and Health: A Reading List.
The American Association of Medical Colleges has compiled many health equity resources, including this collection of materials, describing how racism affects health and well-being.

This page is intended to assist child abuse professionals by providing knowledge and skills to support unbiased and inclusive care of children suspected of being maltreated or abused.


  • Failure to identify child abuse due to racial, ethnic, and cultural biases has severe consequences.1
  • Racial disproportionality is prevalent in child abuse reporting and the child protection system.2
  • Differences in child upbringing practices exist, where the effects of various cultural practices may be misinterpreted as child abuse.3,4
  • Language barriers can lead to difficulties in obtaining a complete history and misinterpretation of child maltreatment.4

Guidelines to Providing Unbiased Care

  • Continuous professional development about major forms of child maltreatment along with self-reflection of racial, ethnic, and cultural biases is necessary.1
  • Standardized forms of diagnostic tools can be used to promote objectivity in reporting child abuse, such as screening tools and checklists.1
  • Use of diverse multidisciplinary teams to reflect on biases can be a powerful tool in promoting unbiased care.1
  • Consider your personal biases during mandated child abuse reporting.1
  • Care should be taken to recognize if child abuse reporting is being influenced by the family's psychosocial history and reports should be based on new suspicions of abuse or neglect, not solely based on past histories.