Child Abuse: Identification and Intervention


About the Course: 
For many healthcare providers working with the pediatric population, encountering a child that is being abused is almost guaranteed. Unfortunately, not all providers are well prepared to identify, handle, and support the child and family when it does occur. As mandatory reporters, they must be able to respond to these situations appropriately and safely to protect the child’s well-being. They should be familiar with the most common types of abuse, signs of such abuse, and interventions to take once it is identified. This CE module provides this background to improve a healthcare provider’s care of a pediatric patient suspected of being the victim of child abuse. 

Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify the major categories of child abuse and the most common types of child abuse in the United States.
  • Evaluate the importance of reporting to child protective services as healthcare providers and the general policy toward mandatory reporting of child abuse.
  • Analyze the characteristics, signs and symptoms, assessment, and management of different types of child abuse.
  • Identify the importance of efficient and careful history taking with the child and the parent/caregiver.
  • Identify the importance of differential diagnoses in identifying child abuse and other medical conditions that may give the false impression of abuse.
  • Recognize risk factors that make certain children more prone to child abuse and certain parents/caregivers more prone to becoming the perpetrators (abusers).
  • Identify community resources, such as home visiting programs and mental health services to benefit children who are abused and at risk for abuse and their families.


About the Author: 
Stephani Hunt, MSN, RN, WCC, OMS, ONC, CFCN received received her master’s degree in nursing with an education focus from Framingham State University and her baccalaureate degree in nursing from Northeastern University, Boston. She is wound care certified, an ostomy management specialist, a certified foot care nurse, and a certified orthopedic nurse. Ms. Hunt was formerly a medical surgical clinical healthcare provider educator and is currently working as a wound care coordinator in Concord, New Hampshire, and teaching baccalaureate-level nursing for multiple universities.   

How to receive credit:

  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.  
    Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal and payment information. 
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation. 
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.


Resolution of Conflict of Interest 
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.  

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