Child Abuse for Mandatory Reporters - Iowa


This course is designed to help you become familiar with types of child abuse, how to identify them, and what to do if you suspect child abuse. Definitions of child abuse and how and when to report it vary from state to state, so if you move to a different state, you must always check with your local state reporting agency. This course will help you understand your responsibilities as a mandatory reporter, and guide you through the procedures for identifying and reporting child abuse in the state of Iowa.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Iowa Department of Public Health Abuse Education Review Panel


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ALL-0-CAMRIA
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 8/31/2020
Learning Objectives:
Identify the 11 categories of child abuse according to the state of Iowa.
Recognize signs of abuse and neglect.
Describe reporting requirements and procedures for mandatory reporters in the state of Iowa.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Overview of Child Abuse A. Meet Mandy B. A Brief History of Child Abuse C. Preventing Child Abuse D. National Data on Child Abuse E. Domestic Abuse Harms More Than Just Adults F. More on Domestic Abuse G. How Does Iowa Define Who Is a Child and Who Is a Caretaker? H. Abuse by a Caretaker I. Educators as Caretakers J. Children as Caretakers Section 3: Child Abuse Categories in Iowa A. Child Abuse Categories B. Physical Abuse C. Mental Injury D. Sexual Abuse E. Denial of Critical Care F. Other Situations That Fall Under Denial of Critical Care G. More Situations that May Fall Under Denial of Critical Care H. Child Prostitution I. Child Sex Trafficking J. Presence of Illegal Drugs K. Manufacturing or Possession of a Dangerous Substance L. Bestiality in the Presence of a Minor M. Cohabitates with a Registered Sex Offender Section 4: Reporting Child Abuse A. The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA)—Federal Guidelines B. Am I a Mandated Reporter? C. Health Service Mandatory Reporters D. More on Health Service Reporters E. Education Mandatory Reporters F. Child Care Provider Mandatory Reporters G. Mental Health Professional Mandatory Reporters H. Law Enforcement Mandatory Reporters I. Law Enforcement and CPS J. Others Required to Report K. How Do I Report Child Abuse? L. Making a Report M. Reporting Procedures N. Waiver of Confidentiality O. More on Confidentiality P. Immunity from Liability Q. Sanctions for Failing to Report R. Sanctions for Reporting False Information S. Indicators of Possible Child Abuse Section 5: How Does DHS Respond? A. DHS Response B. Intake C. Reports from Multiple Reporters D. Time Frame for Deciding Whether to Accept a Report for Assessment E. Accepted Intakes F. Rejected Intakes G. Case Assignment Section 6: Evaluation of the Alleged Abuse A. Alleged Abuse B. Observation of the Alleged Child Victim C. Interviews with Subjects of the Report and Other Sources D. Evaluation of the Safety of and Risk to the Child E. Determination if Abuse Occurred F. Determination if Report Is Placed on the Child Abuse Registry G. Other Reasons the Report Shall Be Founded H. Assessment of Family’s Strengths and Needs I. Preparation of Reports and Forms J. Child Protective Assessment Summary K. More on Assessment Summaries L. Notice of Child Abuse Assessment Section 7: What Happens After the Assessment? A. After the Assessment B. Service Recommendations and Referrals C. Court Intervention D. Removal of a Child E. Removal with Parent’s Consent F. Juvenile Court Hearings G. Child in Need of Assistance H. How Is Child Abuse Information Treated? I. Protective Disclosure J. Disposition of Reports K. Requests for Correction and Appeals L. Appeals Section 1305 E Walnut St, 5th Floor Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0114 M. Access to Child Abuse Information N. Civil and Criminal Liability Regarding Child Abuse Information O. Newly Added Mandates Regarding Child Abuse P. What Training Do Mandatory Reporters Need? Q. What Is the Safe Haven Act? Section 8: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations!

Staff Writer: Steve Jenkins, Ph.D.
Dr. Jenkins is a Counseling Psychologist, and a professor of psychology at Wagner College in New York. He teaches a variety of courses, including Health Psychology, Psychological Testing, Psychopathology, Sleep and Dreams, Principles of Counseling Psychology, and Positive Psychology. He also has extensive clinical experience, and has worked in prisons, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and college counseling centers providing individual and group psychotherapy, as well as psychoeducational workshops. He is an associate fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and completed a year-long post-doctoral training at the institute. Dr. Jenkins scholarly works have been published in top psychological journals and edited books, and presented at national conferences. Disclosure: Steve Jenkins, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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