Community social pediatrics is for children who live in difficult living conditions.
In community social pediatrics, children at risk are those who face persistent obstacles in their lives, preventing them from developing their full potential, and in contravention of their fundamental rights laid out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Children themselves are not vulnerable; it is rather the situations they find themselves in that put them at risk. In other words, they have the adaptive skills needed to get out of this state. Vulnerability is linked to the social determinants of health that are specific to a given setting. By working closely with the child, the extended family, the community, as well as professionals within the health and social services network, social pediatrics practitioners can address issues and take steps to reduce or eliminate the sources of this vulnerability.References
- World Bank (2012). Defining Orphans and Vulnerable Children. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
- Leitch K.K. (2007). Reaching for the Top: A Report by the Advisor on Healthy Children & Youth. Ottawa: Health Canada. Retrieved April 16, 2013.