About 3.4 million cases of alleged child maltreatment were investigated in 2012. Neglect continues to comprise the largest number of victims, with 78.3% nationwide. Of the children reported, 9.3% were sexually abused, 8.5% were psychologically maltreated and 18.3% were physically abused. Healthcare professionals play an important part in helping to end children’s suffering by recognizing and reporting suspected child abuse. This updated CE module provides the background information needed to increase their understanding about it and also the legal requirements to reporting suspected abuse.
The goal of this program is to update nurses’, physicians’, social workers’ and psychologists’ ability to identify and report child abuse. The completion of this module satisfies New York State’s two-hour, mandatory training requirement for healthcare professionals on the subject of child abuse. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Discuss how the history and physical examination of the child can be the key to differentiating between accidental and intentional injury
- Define what constitutes abuse, maltreatment and neglect, and identify the corresponding physical and behavioral indicators
- Identify the information needed to give to Child Protective Services when “reasonable cause to suspect abuse” is found and the initial call is reported
- List the physical and behavioral indicators of sexual abuse
- Describe what constitutes “reasonable cause to suspect” abuse and identify situations when healthcare professionals must report suspected cases
- Define the preventive-protective continuum of care used by New York’s CPS and what to do if there is more than one mandated reporter with “reasonable cause to suspect” abuse
- Describe how emotional abuse can affect children and their developmental growth
OnCourse Learning, provider # 1203, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org
, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. OnCourse Learning maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: February 15, 2010 to February 15, 2017. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (provider # FBN 50-1489).
OnCourse Learning, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0401. This approval is for a three-year term beginning August 1, 2016 and ending July 31, 2019.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 2.0 general social work continuing education clock hours.
OnCourse Learning maintains responsibility for the program.
Course delivery format: Online Self-Study
Social Work Practice Levels: Basic
Course Completion Requirements and Awarding Certificate
After reading the presentation, complete the course test online. With a score of 75% or better and completing the evaluation, you may immediately print your CE certificate of completion or save a pdf of it for your records. You may also request a copy to be sent to you by mail. If your score is less than the passing score of 75%, you may retake the test. In the event of loss, there is no charge for a replacement copy of a CE certificate.
Continuing education licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. We recommend you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. To review state specific/jurisdictional continuing education requirements, click here
Accommodations for Disabilities
Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodation; please contact the CE office at (800) 866-0919.
OnCourse Learning is committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with accreditation agencies and boards. OnCourse Learning will comply with all responsibilities to be nondiscriminatory in activities, program content, and in treatment of participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the Executive Vice President, OnCourse Learning, Global Programming, and members of the continuing education division.
While OnCourse Learning attempts to assure fair treatment of all participants, we recognize grievances that may require intervention. Grievances are handled in the following manner:
When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance, the Executive Vice President, OnCourse Learning, Global Programming, will evaluate the nature of the complaint. If it is meritorious, the Executive Vice President, OnCourse Learning, Global Programming, will instruct the staff to implement any necessary changes in the course. The complainant will receive a response from the Executive Vice President, OnCourse Learning, Global Programming, or designated staff within 5 working days.
You may file a complaint by telephone or email.
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
For Florida professionals:
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