CE Credit Hours: 2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
CE Course Description
The investigation of child abuse is a critical and sensitive issue that affects the safety and well-being of children nationwide, and careful investigation is required to determine whether a child’s injuries are accidental or intentional. This brief continuing education course, developed from material provided by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, summarizes the many indicators of child maltreatment and abuse in order to help differentiate between physical abuse and accidental injury. Professionals who interact with children on a regular basis will benefit from the information provided.
CE Course Objectives
1. Identify factors that contribute to an increased risk of child abuse and neglect.
2. Review the critical questions that must be asked when assessing a situation of potential abuse.
3. Discuss the most common childhood injuries and various strategies to distinguish between accidental and abusive injuries.
4. Evaluate the most effective ways to investigate child maltreatment, preferably through a multidisciplinary team approach.
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