Child abuse and neglect is widespread and 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 particular indicators of abuse during assessment of child abuse. Iowa Code defines categories of mandatory reporters who are required to report cases of suspected child abuse. The Iowa Department of Human Services outlines its assessment and investigation 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. Practitioners may be involved with intervention activities.
This reporting child abuse 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, and EMTs and paramedics an overview of the requirements and procedures for reporting cases of child abuse in Iowa. After completing this course, the practitioner will be able to:
- Define the meaning of child abuse according to Iowa Code Section 232.68(2)
- Describe the physical, psychological, behavioral and environmental indicators of child abuse
- Differentiate the assessment protocol used by the Iowa Department of Human Services
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.
Psychologists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Instructional level: Introductory
Target audience: Psychologists
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