In 2007, the United States Department of Defense awarded a contract to the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) to fund the development of a military-specific SBS/AHT (shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma) prevention kit. The SBS/AHT prevention kits derive from existing NCSBS educational components and are customized specifically for military families. The kit's development progressed through a steering committee comprised of members of the armed forces who provided significant direction in both the graphical representation and
the composition of the materials. New content includes how service members can maintain contact with their infants while deployed and a program for military fathers dealing with the unique stresses of military life. The kits were further tested with several focus groups, also comprised of military personnel.
Each U.S. Armed Forces SBS/AHT Prevention Kit comes complete with informational brochures, a "Dads: The Basics" curriculum, promotional materials, and a program implementation guide. The prevention kits were sent to more than 600 military installations worldwide.
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U.S. Armed Forces' Family Advocacy Programs and medical treatment facilities currently operating child abuse prevention programs are not without support to develop their SBS/AHT components; each U.S. Armed Forces SBS/AHT Prevention Kit comes complete with an implementation guide that provides direction and recommendations for program application. Kits also contain publicity materials such as posters, magnets, and bookmarks to assist in the advancement of both established and new programs alike.