The Safe Environment for Every Kid (SEEK) Project

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The SEEK project is another best practice for prevention of child maltreatment but has a different target audience than parents.  The SEEK project was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC to provide primary care physicians with a mean for targeting at risk factors of child maltreatment especially families with children under the age of five.  The program was developed after learning that many physicians felt ill equipped to address child maltreatment risk factors such as maternal depression or partner violence at home.  SEEK uses a questionnaire given to parents at each child’s well-visit from age 2 months to age 5.  The questionnaire was created in accordance with social workers and psychologists so to identify potential risk factors of child maltreatment but not to diagnose child maltreat.  In addition to the questionnaire, parents are given a handout on ten common problems that could occur while raising a child and provides a list of local resources.  This program is a critical component to child maltreatment as to allow the physician an insight look at families who are at risk for child maltreatment in hopes to prevent any abuse or neglect.

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