Unit to deal with child abuse opens

The Bangalore Baptist Hospital has become only the second hospital in the City to establish a Collaborative Child Response Unit (CCRU) that aims to deal with child abuse cases with a multi-disciplinary approach.

Named Baptist Bala Suraksha, the CCRU will interview the victim just once, followed by his/her medical examination, with least trauma to the child and parents/guardians, Dr Alexander Thomas, Director of the hospital, told reporters on Tuesday.

At the Hospital, the victim will be handled by a gynaecologist and a psychiatrist. “Utmost confidentiality will be maintained,” according to Dr Varsha Cavale, Head, Department of Paediatrics.

The need for setting up a CCRU arose in view of the large number of child abuse cases.

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