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Identifying and Assessing Victims of Child Abuse and Neglect

Child maltreatment is a serious problem in the United States:

  • Over 700,000 children are abused each year.
  • 1,530 children die.

The Joint Commission has a standard for victims of abuse or neglect (Standard PC.01.02.09). The rationale for the standard explains the important role of healthcare workers in identifying victims.

This course focuses on child abuse and neglect. You will learn how to identify, assess, refer, and report victims. This will help you:

  • Improve public health and your facility's quality of patient care.
  • Comply with The Joint Commission Standard.

Note: For more details about The Joint Commission Standard PC.01.02.09, and an overview of all types of abuse and neglect, see the course: Identifying and Assessing Victims of Abuse and Neglect.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize forms of child maltreatment
  • List the effects of child abuse and neglect
  • Recognize methods for identifying victims
  • List steps in the process of assessing a victim
  • Recognize the importance of laws about reporting child abuse