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Preventing Shaken Infant Syndrome
Updated March 2, 2016 7:00 AM | Filed under: Health
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(PAOLI) - Children who are abused or neglected often suffer from both temporary and long-term physical and emotional damage.

Sixteen out of every 1,000 Hoosier kids are victims of maltreatment. That rate more than doubles when looking at the most vulnerable among us - infants younger than one year old. Thirty-five out of every 1,000 infants are victims of abuse or neglect.

Shaken Baby Syndrome is one of the most common forms of physical abuse for little ones. That's why the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) and IU Health Paoli are teaming up to host a forum to train those who work with youth on how to prevent it. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 10 at Super Burger, 600 West Main Street in Paoli.

Carol Cochard Pool is a prevention educator and trainer for Prevent Child Abuse Indiana (PCAIN) and The Villages of Indiana. Pool has been a social worker for more than three decades and will discuss PCAIN's SAFEBABIES program. It will detail what causes people to shake babies, the damaging effects it can have on infants, and ways to help parents and caregivers cope with the frustration of caring for a crying child.

As part of IYI's Youth Worker Cafe program, the seminar and lunch are free, but reservations are required. RSVP at www.iyi.org/YWC. If you have trouble with the link, please contact IYI Statewide Outreach Manager Debbie Jones at djones@iyi.org.

Youth Worker Caf├ęs are designed to bring together local youth workers to build relationships and inspire collaborations that will benefit children. This cafe is funded in part by Old National Bank Foundation.

For more information on the Youth Worker Cafe, contact IYI Southeast Outreach Manager, Joe Shrode at jshrode@iyi.org.



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