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Safeguarding Our Kids’ Health: A Voice from Nurses

B1.3 Working Together for Our Children’s Safety and Welfare

Ms Gigi Lee
Ward Manager,
Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine,
Tuen Mun Hospital

Ms Gigi Lee graduated from the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital in 1995 and then she joined the Tuen Mun Hospital as a registered nurse. The first seven years in Tuen Mun Hospital, she had been working in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. After that, she was rotated to work in Paediatric Intensive Care Unit for thirteen years. She received the Bachelor of Nursing from University of Wollongong and the Master of Business Administration in Health Services Management from University of Ballarat in 2009 and 2010, respectively. She is currently a ward manager in a General Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Ward.

Children are a particularly vulnerable population that requires particular protection. They deserve a childhood free from violence, abuse and neglect, where their basic physical, emotional and social needs are met. However, child abuse is not an uncommon worldwide problem.

In Hong Kong, according to the Social Welfare Department, Yuen Long and Tuen Mun were the black spots of child abuse. The number of children handled in Tuen Mun Hospital for a suspicion of child abuse has been high over the past years. Child Abuse & Neglect Tackling – The Hospital Interdisciplinary Team (CAN’T- HIT) is a hospital-based provincial protection team of the Department of Paediatrics & Adolescent Medicine that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect. Multi-disciplinary case conferences will be held among doctors, social workers, teachers, police, clinical psychologist, etc. who know the family to consider factors, like severity of injuries and psychological harm to the child, for formulating a welfare plan for the child. In addition, nurses are undoubtedly well-placed to identify children who may be at risk, and therefore the presentation will focus on the role of nurses in protecting these children and safeguarding their welfare.

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