The goal of this program is to update nurses’ ability to identify and report child abuse. The completion of this module satisfies New York State’s two-hour mandatory training requirement for RNs on the subject of child abuse. After you study the information presented here, you will be able to:
- 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 (CPS) 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 nurses must report suspected cases.
- Understand 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.
- Recognize interactions between a child and parent that often reveal an abusive relationship.