About four children die each day in the U.S. as the result of abuse and neglect. 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, which keeps the cycle of domestic violence going with their own partners, spouses and children. Many also lead a life of crime, with a 59% increase in the likelihood of being arrested as juveniles, a 28% greater chance of being arrested as adults and a 30% greater likelihood of committing violent crimes as adults. 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.
The goal of this continuing education module is to update nurses’, certified medical assistants’, health educators’, occupational therapists’, physicians’ and social workers’ 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
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, audiologists, certified medical assistants, health educators, occupational therapists, physicians, speech-language pathologists, and social workers.
Health Educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.
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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.