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An estimated 3.2 million children are bullied each year.
When your child is being bullied, it hurts. Boston Children’s Hospital’s Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention and Advocacy Collaborative (BACPAC) is here to help.
Our team is knowledgeable about the challenges children face and is dedicated to providing support and tools to end the bullying.
BACPAC was founded in 2009 as an anti-bullying resource for physicians’ caregivers, families and school administration. In 2011, Peter Raffalli, MD and a team of pediatric experts launched a formal clinic, which has helped more than 100 children since its inception. The BACPAC program is the first of its kind nationwide.
BACPAC is housed in the hospital’s Department of Neurology because children with neurologic conditions – typically, ADHD, autism and other learning disabilities — are at especially high risk for peer victimization. But any child is welcome to use our services.
All members of our BACPAC collaborative are pediatric experts from a variety of departments at Boston Children’s, including:
The BACPAC clinic team consists of Dr. Raffalli (pediatric neurologist), a social worker and an education resource specialist. Your child and family is seen by this team of three specialists.
When you visit the BACPAC program, your child will have the opportunity to share his or her experiences in a safe environment and learn a variety of tools to help end the bullying:
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