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MNAAP’s child safety work group is discussing ways to decrease intentional and unintentional injuries and deaths. Unintentional injuries are the number killer of Minnesota children, youth and young adults, according to the Minnesota Safety Council. Firearm violence and safety is another major concern of this work group.

Until 2018, this group had been focused primarily on child abuse and neglect. Based on feedback from the chapter’s annual member survey, the focus has broadened to include additional child safety concerns.

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Child abuse recognition, referral, follow up, and prevention is a problem in Minnesota. The Children’s Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services reported these alarming 2011 national statistics:

  • On average in America, every day about four children died of abuse and neglect, but the actual number is likely higher, due in part to underreporting.
  • More than 78 percent of these deaths were caused by a parent.
  • Almost 10 percent of the reported victims were sexually abused, and more than half of those were under the age of 12
  • Each quarter DHS updates its Child Welfare Data Dashboard.


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  • University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital – Minneapolis MN – Center for Safe & Healthy Children (612) 273-SAFE (7233) or (612) 365-1000
  • Hennepin County Medical Center – Minneapolis MN – Center for Safe & Healthy Children (612) 873-3000
  • Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota – Minneapolis and St. Paul MN – Midwest Children’s Resource Center (MCRC) (651) 220-6750 or 1-866-755-2121
  • Mayo Clinic – Rochester MN – Mayo Child and Family Advocacy Program (507) 266-0443 daytime or (507) 284-2511
  • Essentia Health – Duluth MN (218) 786-8364
  • Gunderson Health System – La Crosse WI 1-800-362-9567
  • Sanford Health – Sioux Falls SD – Child’s Voice Child Advocacy Center (605) 333-2226
  • Sanford Health – Fargo ND – Child and Adolescent Maltreatment Service (CAMS) (701) 234-2000


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Firearm-related violence is a public health crisis, and action to reduce gun death and injury is long overdue.

  • More than 26,000 children and teens have been killed due to gun-related violence since 1999.
  • In 2015, 42 Minnesota children and teens were killed with a gun.

The MNAAP supports efforts to reduce gun violence through background checks, “red flag laws,” prohibitions on the sale of semiautomatic assault weapons, and safe storage of firearms. Furthermore, the MNAAP strongly supports efforts to study firearm violence as a public health issue.


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