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Child Protection Committee​

Child maltreatment is a complex problem, and child protection is a challenging responsibility.  AUBMC is committed to ensuring protection for all children at risk which is expressed through our mission and also through the national and international laws.   The organization has in place safe policies and practices with clear priorities to support vulnerable patients (Care of vulnerable patients’ policy, COP-MUL-016) and eliminate situations that put them at risk. 

We can’t expect our children to have confidence in themselves, be responsible men and women, successful learners, and good contributors to society if they do not have the best start in life. A safe home and a family is the best place for children to grow. A clear commitment from our AUBMC senior management to the importance of safe guarding and promoting children’s welfare and to encourage the culture of listening and engaging in dialogue with children , led them to establish a child protection committee (CPC) on April 22, 2010. To address the root of oppression and inequality in the most challenging circumstances in the country, a professional and skilled staff consists of a pediatrician, psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, nurse, risk manager officer, two family doctors and a family doctor resident were chosen to work with children and families.
  • For the system to work effectively and emergencies to be solved in the work place, the CPC members developed a manual on policies and procedures in child protection at the AUBMC premises (Child protection policy COP-MUL-024)​.

 Indicators of Child Maltreatment
Below are some of the commonly accepted physical and behavioral warning signs associated with various forms of child maltreatment.  Physical and behavioral indicators, in themselves, are not the only indicators of child maltreatment.  A child’s statement of alleged maltreatment may also be useful in establishing “reasonable cause” to suspect child maltreatment (Article 26 Lebanese Medical Code of Ethics law no.422/2002).

Physical Abuse
  • Bruises more numerous in number than expected from explanation o​f incident.
  • Unexplained bruises (in various stages of healing) welts, loop marks.
  • Adult/human bite marks.
  • Bold spots of missing clumps of hair.
  • Unexplained burns/scalds.
  • Unexplained fractures, skin laceration/punctures or abrasions.
  • Swollen lips/chipped teeth.
  • Linear/parallel marks on cheeks and temple area.
  • Crescent Shaped bruising caused by pinching.
  • Puncture wounds that resemble distinctive objects.
  • Bruising behind the ears.
  • Unaffected medical needs.
  • Lack of supervision.
  • Consistent signs of hunger, inappropriate dress, poor hygiene.
  • Distended stomach, emaciated.
  • Massive weight change.
    Sexual Abuse
  • Pain or itching in genital area.
  • Bruises or bleeding in genital area.
  • Venereal disease.
  • Frequent urinary or yeast infections.
  • Massive weight change.
  • Pregnancy 12 years or under.

  • Emotional Abuse
    This category will not be detected as such a priority. It is important to keep in mind that any kind of abuse will include emotional abuse that shows in the behaviors already listed above. A professional can identify emotional abuse through the caregivers discourse and interaction with the child. Indicators are: Rejection, Scorn, Terrorism, Isolation, Corruption or exploitation.








    Name Title Email
    Leyla Akouri Dirani, PhD​ Clinical psychology - Child a​nd Adolescent Psychiatry Program, Chairperson la55@aub.edu.lb
    Miguel Abboud, MD
    Chairperson, Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Vice Chairperson​​ ma56@aub.edu.lb
    Wafa Khansa, MS
    Social Service Manager, Secretary wk09@aub.edu.lb
    Fadi Maalouf, MD
    ​Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program, Member fm38@aub.edu.lb
    Thalia Arawi, PhD
    Director, Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program (AUBFM-MC)​
    Clinical Bioethicist​, Member
    Roddy Faddoul
    Family medicine Resident, Member​
    Durriyah Sinno, MD
    Pediatrician, Member ds03@aub.edu.lb
    Jinan Usta, MD
    Family Physician, Member ju00@aub.edu.lb​
    Aida Habbal, BSN, CSCR, MOT​
    Patient Safety Officer, Member ah07@aub.edu.lb
    Hera Artinian, RN, MSN Registered Nurse, Member ​ha38@aub.edu.lb​
    ​Marie Jose Moubarak ​Pediatric resident mm114@aub.edu.lb​


     On call schedule, pager nb. 1587 : January 7, 2014  to June 20, 2014 

    Monday Through Saturdays/Sundays CPC on Call Member
    January 7, 2014 Through ​January 17, 2014 ​​Dr. Jinan Usta 
    January 17, 2014
    Through ​January 31, 2014 ​Dr. Durriyah Sinno
    January 31, 2014​
    Through February 14, 2014​ Dr. Fadi Maalouf
    February 14, 2014​
    Through ​February 28, 2014​​ ​​Dr. Leila Akoury Dirani
    February 28, 2014​​ Through March 14, 2014​​ Ms. Aida Habbal
    March 14, 2014​​
    Through March 28, 2014​​
    ​Mrs. Wafa Khansa
    March 28, 2014​​​
    ​April 11, 2014​​​ ​​Dr. Jinan Usta
    ​April 11, 2014​​​​
    ​April 25, 2014​​​​
    ​Dr. Durriyah Sinno
    ​April 25, 2014​​​​​
    ​​May 9, 2014​​​​​ ​Dr. Fadi Maalouf
    ​​May 9, 2014​​​​​​
    ​​May 23, 2014​​​​​​
    Dr. Leila Akoury Dirani
    ​May 23, 2014​​​​​​ ​Through June 6, 2014​​​​​​​ ​Ms. Aida Habbal
    ​June 6, 2014​​​​​​​ ​Through June 20, 2014​​​​​​​
    ​Mrs. Wafa Khansa
    ​June 20, 2014​​​​​​​ ​Through ​June 20, 2014​​​​​​​​ ​​​Dr. Jinan Usta ​



    • WHO consultation on child abuse prevention drafted in 1999
    • WHO report on violence and health, Geneva 2002
    • Article 15 of the Lebanese Medical code of Ethics Law no. 288/1994
    • Article 26 of the Lebanese Medical code of Ethics law no. 422/2002
    • www.healthyplace.com

    In case you susp​​ect child maltreatment within AUBMC community,

    call the designated CPC on call member with a Pager no. 1587​​​​

    and Fill the

    CPC consultation Form

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