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Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)

The CHUSJ’s provincial prevention initiative

In 2002, the CHU Sainte-Justine reaffirmed its child abuse prevention mission by officially declaring that it has made the prevention of shaken baby syndrome one of its health promotion priorities.

The CHUSJ has since developed a provincial prevention initiative regarding SBS. It is aimed at parents of newborns, professionals who deal with SBS, and the general population. The goal is to enhance the safety of babies and children and to provide support to the adults who commit these acts of violence and the professionals who work with them. Its ultimate goal is to reduce the incidence of SBS in Quebec.

This initiative consists of four key objectives

  • To educate new parents about SBS;
  • To provide support to health care professionals with the detection and diagnosis of SBS;
  • To raise public awareness about SBS;
  • To promote research and to develop an information database regarding SBS and other forms of child abuse.

Establishing these four objectives has resulted in a prevention initiative broken down into four modules.

The first module consists of the perinatal program for the prevention of shaken baby syndrome (PPPSBS). It was developed at the CHU Sainte-Justine and is an educational workshop delivered by nurses to parents of newborns during their stay in the hospital. In the second phase, a health care professional affiliated with a CSSS sets up a postnatal follow-ups to reinforce this training.

The second module is aimed at developing and disseminating training tools for health care professionals, social services workers, legal professionals and law enforcement workers with the goal of giving them the tools for detecting and diagnosing shaken baby syndrome. These include the anger meter and the training package on CD-Rom.

The third module is aimed at raising the Quebec public’s awareness about SBS; however, for the moment, direct interventions with parents are the priority.

The fourth module is aimed at coordinating research projects that will help improve our understanding about shaken baby syndrome and determining prevention strategies to be deployed. There are a number of practical tools that support the prevention activities presented in these modules, all of which can continue to be used by parents and professionals long after the duration of this initiative.


To introduce the perinatal program for the prevention of shaken baby syndrome (PPPSBS) in your community, hospital, or CLSC (Phase 2), please consult the program's summary (french only)

It contains all of the required information for registration. The perinatal program is supported by the MSSS who will supply all of the materials and instructor for your region.

This program is a part of the Quebec perinatal policy implementation plan.


The CHUSJ offers group training designed for health care and social services professionals. Please call:

514-345-4931 # 3866


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