Child Abuse - CE185-60

Child Abuse

by Nancy Winouski, MSN, RN, APN, CPNP
(4.5 / 28626 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Certified Medical Assistants (1.00 Hours)

Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00


In 2015, about 1,670 children died due to child abuse or neglect. While this number is upsetting, many practitioners and researchers think the actual number is much greater. While some abused children grow up to live outwardly normal lives, many who have been subjected to abuse or neglect become adults with various behavioral issues stemming from that abuse. Some suffer lifelong disabilities, both physical and psychological. Many perpetuate the life of violence they have suffered. Healthcare providers in all settings are presented with opportunities to identify families at risk for child abuse. Knowledge of risk factors, signs of abuse/neglect, and prevention strategies are necessary to disrupt the cycle of abuse. This course provides an overview of those risk factors, how to identify potential child abuse and neglect, and prevention interventions.


The goal of this continuing education module is to update healthcare providers’ ability to recognize, report and, if appropriate, treat victims of child abuse. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify signs and symptoms that may indicate that a child is a victim of abuse
  • Name four risk factors each for becoming a perpetrator and a victim of child abuse
  • Relate essential elements that must be documented in cases of suspected child abuse

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, audiologists, health educators, occupational therapists, physicians, speech-language pathologists, and social workers.
Nurses and certified medical assistants: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
This program has been granted prior approval by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) for 1.0 administrative/general continuing education unit(s) (approval # 136130 for 5/30/19 to 5/29/20). Granting approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAMA of the program content or the program provider.

Course Originally Released on: 10/19/1998
Date of Most Recent Review: 6/8/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/8/2020

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC 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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Callie H - ,  ·  Jul 19, 2019
very good information. glad I was able to review this, especially working in pediatrics.
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Stephanie P - Fair Lawn, NJ  ·  Jul 18, 2019
Great information, and great examples to relay info.
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Haylee W - Tremonton, UT  ·  Jul 18, 2019
It is very informational. I like how it gives examples.
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MODESTA L - Bergenfield , NJ  ·  Jul 17, 2019
it informed me with many things that I didn't know about child abuse trauma. because I work in a setting where we only see children that has been through the system and have gone through that tough situation of being abuse. Im glad I took this course because it made me more aware of what many kids are facing.
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Carla C - Huntingdon Valley, PA  ·  Jul 17, 2019
Easy to read and follow
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Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00