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Office for Child Safety Services

Our office is charged with protecting children from child abuse and injury.

Child protection

Working together as the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) team, our department harnesses the expertise of the child abuse response team, social work team, and medical assessment team. Each year the SCAN team handles around 70 cases, and at present there are around 850 cases in our database. These cases are invaluable in further refining and improving our methods when investigating suspected child abuse. Our system has been recognized as a model for efficient child protection and has been adopted across the whole of Japan.

We are also currently creating a training manual designed for family doctors, pediatricians, other SCAN teams, and child protection specialists, to advise them on how to effectively safeguard the welfare of children.

Injury prevention

Our injury prevention team provides information to parents on how to prevent the recurrence of injuries that led to their children originally being admitted to the NCCHD.

Collaborating with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), we conduct extensive research on injury prevention. Our database includes interviews from each of the 4,000 reported injury cases we receive each year. The results have been used for education and intervention.

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