The Vancouver Island Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (VI SCAN) program operates out of a renovated facility at #39 -1925 Bowen Road.
Pediatrician Dr. Wilma Arruda leads the team which includes a Registered Nurse, Social Worker and Administrative Assistant.
“This service provides vital support to children and youth and its mid-Island location in Nanaimo improves access for those who live in communities across Vancouver Island,” said Stephanie Cadieux, Minister for Children and Family Development. “Dr. Arruda’s compassion, expertise and experience will make an enormous contribution to the lives of young people.”
Dr. Arruda earned her MD at UBC in 1993 and completed her pediatric residency at UBC/Children’s Hospital in June 1997. She has taught in the medical program, has extensive clinical experience and is well known on Vancouver Island and beyond for her professionalism and high standards in the field of child health.
“Our interdisciplinary team is able to provide non-urgent health evaluation and assessment for children or youth who may have been maltreated,” said Dr. Arruda. “We also consult with physicians, child protection workers, police, psychologists and other health professionals to assist in identifying child maltreatment as well as recommend treatment and offer referrals.”
VI SCAN, like other members of the provincial SCAN network, provides guidance and support in collecting and documenting forensic child maltreatment evidence for potential use in court.
“This clinic provides critical support as young people recover from significant traumas,” said Shelley McKenzie, VIHA Manager of Child Youth and Family Health Services in Nanaimo. “We’re extremely grateful to the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation for providing $210,000 to renovate the facility and another $38,000 for the team to travel throughout Vancouver Island to raise awareness about the support provided through the VI SCAN program.”
Christine McAuley, Chair of the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation said VI SCAN will make an important contribution to the well-being of children and youth who have suffered traumas through various forms of abuse and neglect.
“The Hospital Foundation is pleased that we could offer support to the VI SCAN and, in turn, help provide a safe haven for the most vulnerable members of our society,” said McAuley. “The Foundation is able to assist Dr. Arruda and her team thanks to our generous donors who make children their concern and through the extraordinary support of Child Health BC. Giving VI SCAN tools to support young people and educate other professionals will facilitate healthier futures for many of our youngest patients.”
The VI SCAN program replaces the Victoria-based Health Assessment and Resources for Children (HARC) program which was suspended in June 2009. From June 2009 until April 2012 when VI SCAN opened its doors, children in need of assessment were referred to BC Children’s Hospital. Since April, the VI SCAN program has received over 90 referrals from North, Central and South Vancouver Island.
“Clearly there is a need for this program and we are pleased to work in partnership with the Ministry for Children and Family Development to provide these valuable services,” said Allison Cutler VIHA Executive Director, Population and Community Health.
The location of VI SCAN in Nanaimo reduces the need for children and young people to travel off the Island for services. Historically, those living in Central and North Island tended to go to the Lower Mainland for service while children and youth from Victoria were referred to the HARC program.
VIHA administers the VI SCAN program under an annual contract with the Ministry for Children and Family Development.
Co-located with the VI SCAN program is the Central Island Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Program (CICAPP). The CICAPP Program is a unique, interdisciplinary mental health service for children, youth, and their families in the Vancouver Island Health Authority. The program supports children and youth who are experiencing serious, complex, psychiatric challenges. The CICAPP team consists of a Child Psychiatrist, a Nurse, and a Mental Health Clinician.
To contact VI SCAN
#39 – 1925 Bowen Road
VIHA Communications, 250-740-6980