Module D: Assessment and Interventions in Child Abuse

CE Credits: 2.0

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Identifying child abuse is a complex process—in part because victims and perpetrators are typically not open about the abuse—so this module offers some guidance in identifying the warning signs and explaining the protocol for intervening. The module begins by distinguishing between telltale signs of abuse and mere accidents or other conditions, while also detailing the signs of abusive head trauma (AHT), shaken baby syndrome (SBS), and red flags associated with bruises, burns and even female genital mutilation. The module then details the most helpful forms of intervention, and explains how abuse reporting laws vary from state to state.

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Learning objectives: After completing this module case managers will be able to:
» Review risk factors
» Describe common abuse-associated conditions
» Identify warning signs
» Discuss intervention strategies and resources
» Identify reporting requirements
» Describe child abuse laws

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Advance your professional practice: CMs play a vital role in identifying child abuse and preventing further abuse. However, we also need to understand how to proceed within legal boundaries, and how to engage with victims and families in a non-judgmental way, so that we can achieve the most productive results.

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Improve organizational performance: Child abuse can result in lengthy hospitalizations and long-term health effects for victims. When every member of our team understands how to identify abuse, and how to use our connections with community service providers and the courts, we can build networks of support that will strengthen families and keep children safe.