Child Abuse

Child Abuse 

In 2008 in Canada, 85,440 investigations of child maltreatment were found to be substantiated. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Canada is a signatory, requires everyone to provide special protection to children so that they can meet their full potential. In this course, you will learn how to fulfill your responsibility to protect children and youth. You will learn the facts about child abuse through such topics as prevalence and risk, types of abuse, and warning signs that a child may be experiencing abuse or neglect. You will know your role and responsibilities in identifying and reporting suspected abuse and neglect. You will also be able to describe what you need to do if you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, including how to communicate with the child and possible pitfalls to avoid. With the guidance of the interactive exercises and detailed examples in this course, you will be better prepared to handle challenging situations such as abuse and neglect. You will be better able to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the children and youth with whom you work. This course is appropriate both for people new to working in social services as well as a refresher for those who have been working in the field for some time.


Hours: 2.75


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Course Details

Course Code: EL-CHILDAB-CAN-0
Hours: 2.75
Type: Online Course
Learning Objectives:
Identify the types of child abuse and the warning signs that a child who is experiencing abuse or neglect may display.
Describe your role as a mandatory reporter along with the key elements to include in making a report of suspected abuse or neglect.
Employ some basic rules to follow when communicating with a child who you suspect may be being abused or neglected.

I. Section 1: Introduction A. Course Contributors B. About This Course C. Learning Objectives II. Section 2: Overview of Child Abuse A. Meet Sasha B. Prevalence of Child Abuse C. Risk Factors D. What Is Child Abuse? E. Effects of Child Abuse F. Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect G. Remember Sasha and Kali? H. Section Summary III. Section 3: Types of Child Abuse A. Types of Child Abuse B. When You Are Unsure C. Physical Abuse D. Possible Physical Indicators of Physical Abuse E. Repeated Injuries F. Potential Behavioural Indicators of Physical Abuse G. Emotional Abuse H. Potential Physical Indicators of Emotional Abuse I. Potential Behavioural Indicators of Emotional Abuse J. Sexual Abuse K. Sexual Exploitation L. Potential Physical Indicators of Sexual Abuse M. Potential Behavioural Indicators of Sexual Abuse N. Neglect O. Potential Physical Indicators of Neglect P. Potential Behavioural Indicators of Neglect Q. Failure to Thrive R. Potential Physical Indicators of Failure to Thrive S. Potential Behavioural Indicators of Failure to Thrive T. Some Further Examples of Behavioural Indicators of Abuse and Neglect U. Signs of Abuse: Parents V. All Potential Indicators Are Not Abuse W. More About Indicators and Abuse X. Meet Erin Y. Section Summary IV. Section 4: Your Role and Responsibilities A. The Legislative Context B. More about the Legislative Context C. Principles in Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect D. Reporting and Privacy E. Roles and Responsibilities F. Calling the Police G. Your Role and Responsibility H. What to Do When a Child Discloses Abuse or Neglect I. More Information on When a Child Discloses Abuse or Neglect J. Talking with Families/Parents K. When the Parents/Family Come to You L. When to Report M. Documenting the Situation N. Where You Should Call O. Making a Report P. What Do You Do When You Suspect the Abuser Is a Service Provider? Q. You’ve Made a Report, What Happens Now? R. Potential Responses to Your Report S. After a Report/Parent Confrontation T. Meet Sydney U. Section Summary V. Section 5: Conclusion A. Conclusion B. References and Resources C. Congratulations!

Staff Writer: Roxann MacDonald, B.A.
Roxann MacDonald is a senior manager in a community social service agency and an instructor at Langara College. With nearly 30 years of community services experience, she has directed a diverse array of programs including social housing, crisis phone line, pre-employment, social enterprise, food bank, family counselling, legal advocacy, speech and language services, as well as individual and group work with children who have special needs. Ms. MacDonald has a B.A. in political economy along with a certificate in Administrative Management Systems. Disclosure: Roxann MacDonald, B.A. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Joanne Granek, M.A.
Joanne Granek is a consultant in organizational planning and accountability, community engagement, and leadership development. Joanne has worked in non-profit social services for almost 40 years, including 13 years as executive director of a multi-service organization. Joanne has served on boards of directors and has led many community initiatives related to poverty reduction. She has a Master's Degree in Community Psychology, has trained and worked as a family therapist, and worked and trained others in critical incident debriefing. Joanne is a CARF accreditation surveyor and is currently managing the development of Canadian content for Essential Learning course work while continuing her consulting practice. Disclosure: Joanne Granek, M.A. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry, Intermediate level General Staff.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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