Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting in Iowa - 18-GANN-F3-0173

Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting in Iowa

by Teresa Crowe, PhD
(4.6 / 34 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Emergency Medical Services (2.00 CEH)

Price: $8.00
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The course will be discontinued on June 30, 2019. Please plan to finish the course by June 29th if you wish to earn credit for it.

Child abuse and neglect is widespread, and it's associated with a variety of psychosocial problems. While federal law broadly defines child abuse, each state is charged with refining and specifying what constitutes child abuse and outlining report and investigation procedures. A biopsychosocial assessment can provide the background knowledge needed to create a plan for treatment. Professionals should pay attention to indicators of abuse during assessment of child abuse. The Iowa Code defines categories of mandatory reporters who are required to report cases of suspected child abuse. The Iowa Department of Human Services outlines procedures for these reports. IDHS staff members assess the level of risk to the child and make recommendations for action to ensure the safety and well-being of the child.


This continuing education module is designed to provide nurses, physicians, social workers, psychologists, audiologists, speech-language pathologists, dietitians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, athletic trainers, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, pharmacy techs, certified medical assistants, and emergency medical technicians and paramedics with an overview of the requirements and procedures for reporting cases of child abuse in Iowa. After completing this course, you will be able to:
  • Define the meaning of child abuse according to Iowa Code Section 232.68(2)
  • Describe the physical and behavioral indicators of child abuse
  • List the individual, family, and social risk factors associated with child maltreatment
  • Outline the assessment protocol used by the Iowa Department of Human Services

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, physicians, social workers, psychologists, audiologists, speech-language pathologists, dietitians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, athletic trainers, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and EMTs and paramedics.
EMTs and paramedics: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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This CE activity is accredited for 1.0 Basic CEH by OnCourse Learning, an organization accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).

Course Originally Released on: 7/22/2018
Date of Most Recent Review: 7/22/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/30/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Rachel D - Iowa City, IA  ·  Jun 20, 2019
Concise with excellent breadth of information. Great introduction to and survey of requirements for child abuse reporting.
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Erik S - Sleepy Hollow, NY  ·  Mar 16, 2019
Excellent course for EMS personnel.
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Nathan O - Chino Hills, CA  ·  Mar 09, 2019
good course, I would recommend.
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Charles C - TALLAHASSEE, FL  ·  Mar 04, 2019
no use in fl no use in fl
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Dave K - Orient, OH  ·  Jan 19, 2019
Well written and interesting
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Price: $8.00
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