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Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss Increased Risk for Vulnerable Children and Teens During Pandemic

Emily Bosk, an assistant professor at Rutgers’ School of Social Work, is available to comment on continued care for vulnerable children and teens during the coronavirus pandemic and how medical providers and child welfare agencies can address these challenges. Bosk has recently written about the topic in Pediatrics.

Bosk said: “The pandemic has resulted in many children from immigrant families, ethnic and racial minority groups and those who are LGBTQ, homeless, maltreated, in foster care and/or struggling with substance use being separated from the safety nets services designed to protect them.”

“For some children and youth, home can be isolating and, in some cases, dangerous. Their risks for harm extend beyond physical safety. LGBTQ, maltreated, runaway and homeless youth are at a disproportionately high risk for depression, suicidal ideation and suicide, and self-harming behaviors, with rates of attempted suicide approximately two to 10 times those of their peers. There is an astounding proportion of children and teens who are at risk for serious harm absent the stresses and instability posed by COVID-19.”

Bosk is an expert in child wellbeing, child welfare services and policy, integration of social service systems, and infant mental health.

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