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Infant- and Child-Related Abduction and Security

From 1983 to 2009, 258 infants were abducted. Forty-nine percent of the abductions happened at healthcare facilities. Infants were taken from the mother's room, the hospital nursery, pediatric units, and other on premise places of healthcare facilities.

Most abductions, in the healthcare setting, involve newborns. Therefore, this course focuses on infants in the postpartum area of the hospital. However, pediatric patients may be kidnapped, as well. Recommendations for keeping infants safe are applicable to pediatric units. This course will help you prevent the kidnapping of infants and pediatric patients* from your facility.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, the participant should be able to:

  • List the most common root causes of infant abduction from healthcare facilities
  • List strategies for controlling and monitoring public access to infants in your facility
  • Identify the characteristics of a typical infant kidnapper that will help prevent infant abduction.
  • Recognize best practices for keeping infants safe in your facility
  • List the information that should be provided to mothers to help keep their infants safe