The blue pinwheel is a national symbol for child abuse prevention. Pinwheels reflect the bright future that all children deserve.
Every day as health care providers, we take steps to protect our patients from future harm. In 2021, RCHSD staff made over 2,150 mandated reports of child abuse to Child Welfare Services (CWS). There were 3,720 total substantiated cases of child abuse around San Diego County in 2021.
Click here to learn more about the scope of the problem nationally. You can also access the 2021/2022 Prevention Resource Guide, which highlights the innovative ways that communities around the country are doing prevention work to help children and families thrive.
Chadwick Center’s Medical Director and Child Abuse Pediatrician, Dr. Shalon Nienow, recently did an Op Ed with the San Diego Union Tribune. Read “Opinion: I’m a child abuse pediatrician. Here are four things we can all do to protect children” to learn more.
For more information or to report suspected child abuse, please call 858-560-2191. Within the state of California, you may call toll free at 1-800-344-6000. The Child Abuse Hotline is available 24/7.