Child Safety

Child Safety, written in non-technical language, is an essential guide that makes the comprehension of child safety accessible to any and all caregivers. Reviewed and approved by a board of parent and child advocates, this book is a crucial resource for prioritizing and ensuring the safety of children in the home.

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Child Safety
A Pediatric Guide for Parents, Teachers, Nurses, and Caregivers

Child Safety serves as an excellent guide for caregivers, addressing prominent questions concerning the wellbeing of children. It includes discussions on basic child safety in the home, selecting childcare providers, and the risks associated with Internet usage for children. Within the text, readers can quickly access vital safety information using tables, checklists, and other tools.

Reviewed by an advisory board of parents and child advocates, Child Safety is written in non-technical language and is therefore accessible to a diverse range of caregivers. This reference will equip parents, teachers, nurses, and caregivers with the resources they need to ensure the protection of children in their care.

Features & Benefits:

  • Non-technical, accessible language
  • Easy-to-reference tables and checklists
  • Ideal for multidisciplinary use
Product Details:

Perfect Bound 10×7 inches
341 pages, 56 images, 10 contributors


School Nurses, Child Care Centers, Parents, Grandparents, Foster Parents, Scout Leaders, Social Service Personnel, Child Advocates, Child Abuse Prevention Personnel, Educators

Publication date:

February 2007


978-1-878060-67-9 (Print)
978-1-878060-89-1 (eBook)

Table of Contents

Section I: Violence
1. Bullying
2. Media Violence

Section II: Risk-Taking Behaviors
3. Alcohol, Drugs, and Illicit Substances
4. Tobacco and Smoking
5. Initiation of Sexual Activity

Section III: Maltreatment
6. Physical Abuse and Neglect
7. Sexual Abuse
8. Intimate Partner Violence
9. Risks of the Internet

Section IV: Health
10. Injury Prevention
11. Environmental Health
12. Emergency Medical Situations
13. Terrorism: Dealing With Threats
14. Tattooing, Piercing, and Branding

Section V: Behavior
15. Depression and Suicide
16. Aggressive, Defiant, and Delinquent Behavior

Section VI: Other Areas of Concern
17. Discipline and Corporal Punishment
18. Selecting Childcare Providers
19. Divorce and Custody Issues

Angelo P. Giardino, MD, PhD

Angelo Giardino is the medical director of Texas Children’s Health Plan, a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, and an attending physician for the Texas Children’s Hospital’s forensic pediatrics service at the Children’s Assessment Center in Houston, Texas. Angelo Giardino completed his residency and fellowship training in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Immediately after his fellowship training, Angelo Giardino became the assistant, and then the associate, medical director at Health Partners of Philadelphia, where he had primary responsibility for utilization management, intensive case management, and health care data analysis. He also shared responsibility for the plan’s quality improvement program. Additionally, he began the Child Abuse and Neglect Team for Children with Special Health Care Needs, which was funded by a three-year grant from a local philanthropy. In 1998, he was appointed associate chair of clinical operations in the Department of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and in June of 1999 he was asked to chair the CHOP Quality Committee. These accomplishments are only a few of his career.

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Child Safety is a well-written, readable guide for parents and caretakers, educators, and health care professionals, providing an outstanding overview of timely, important, complex problems that confront us, and our children. It reminds us that our children are challenged everyday and must meet critical decisions related to substance use, sexuality, violence, and development of their self-image, among others, head-on. The authors offer practical, usable advice and educational information, including tips on how to respond and guide children through these turbulent issues.

Michael L. Haney, PhD, NCC, CCISM, LMHC
Division Director for Prevention and Intervention
Children’s Medical Services
Florida Department of Health
Strengthening Families All Around the World

This book is an excellent resource for anyone concerned with keeping children physically and psychologically safe and free from harm in an ever more complex world.

Chapters related to the Internet and threats of terrorism give valuable and up-to-date information about the risks of living in today’s highly complex world. The checklists offer easy-to-follow tips for parents and caregivers, allowing for the most difficult subject matter to be dealt with in an effective and informed manner.

Nancy Chandler
Executive Director
National Children’s Alliance

As the types and scope of influences on our children continue to mushroom at warp speed, parents and those who advise them are rightly feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about how and when they should intervene, draw the line, or pull the plug. Dr. Giardino and his associates provide a solid book, grounded in the most current research and understanding of these complex issues. The text educates us about the issues but, more importantly, provides concrete advice about what really matters. From child abuse to interpersonal violence to substance abuse and the Internet, this is a powerful tool for everyone involved with raising children in a world where young people are bombarded with media, hype, and marketing from the moment they can sit up and watch television.

Sherryll Krazier, PhD
Founder of the Safe Child Program & author of
The Safe Child Book and
Bully Proof Your Child

With an emphasis on current research findings, this book provides great insight into some of the pressures and challenges facing today’s youth, including bullying, drugs, sexual activity, media violence, and parental divorce. Peppered with case examples from the authors’ clinical work, this resource will help parents, educators, and clinicians develop a clearer understanding of the impact of these and other risk factors on children’s mental health. Having a heightened awareness of these issues will also enhance readers’ personal and professional relationships with children and adolescents.

Catherine Bradshaw, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Mental Health
Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

This book is a common sense, easy-to-understand, but thorough, approach to child safety. As a former medical consultant to a day care center, I know there are many health-related issues that face those who provide day-to-day care and education to children. Having a reliable source to clarify the issues surrounding common health concerns will not only decrease anxiety and worry, but also help utilize the health care system more effectively. Of note is the book’s coverage not only of traditional topics such as poisonings, tobacco use, and sexual activity, but also of very modern concerns such as tattoos, terrorism, and the risks of Internet use. The authors are to be commended for their approach to these new morbidities.

Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MS (LIS), MD
Pediatric Resident Physician & Occasional Children’s Librarian
University of Wisconsin
Hospitals & Clinics

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