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Safe Kids Tarrant County

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Safe Kids Tarrant County (SKTC) is a local coalition led by Cook Children's Community Health Outreach department and is a nationally recognized community partnership. SKTC is dedicated to preventing unintentional childhood injury which is the number one killer of children ages 14 and under.

Formed in 1992, with Cook Children's as its lead organization, Safe Kids Tarrant County is part of Safe Kids Worldwide, the first and only national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to the prevention of accidental injuries to children.

Safe Kids Tarrant County

Current Focus Areas

Based on local/regional data, community needs assessments and Safe Kids Tarrant County's ability to make a positive impact, current focus areas are:

Peaks and Ladders

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Partnering for the safety of local kids. In 2014, Peaks and Ladders was formed as a collaboration between Cook Children's, Fort Worth Fire Department and Fort Worth Firefighter Charities. Together, this group supports our patients and strives to educate our community on preventable childhood injuries and deaths by providing injury prevention education and equipment.

In just its second year, Peaks and Ladders received a 2015 J.C. Montgomery Child Safety Award. Developed by the Texas Office for Prevention of Development Disabilities, this awards program highlights the importance of child safety and recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations who are leaders in this work.

In addition to supporting Cook Children's Promise, Peaks and Ladders initiatives follow the American College of Surgeons' standards for Trauma Center designation. Injury prevention and community outreach are included as part of Cook Children's Trauma Center's Level II designation.

Current focus areas:

  • Child passenger safety
  • Helmet safety
  • Drowning prevention
  • Special needs assistance program (SNAP)

The Center for Prevention of Child Maltreatment

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The Center for Prevention of Child Maltreatment is focused on innovative ways to address this important concern in our community.

Through the 2007 Community-wide Children's Health Assessment & Planning Survey, child abuse/ maltreatment was identified as one of the top seven health issues affecting the children of North Texas.

Child maltreatment includes the issue of child abuse but is also a more all-encompassing term that describes a wide range of behaviors and related risk factors that are unacceptable and must be addressed. These include:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Neglect
  • Neglectful supervision
  • Medical neglect
  • Threat of gang violence
  • Bullying
  • Cyber bullying
  • Related trauma
  • Trafficking

The Center for Prevention of Child Maltreatment