Goal and Learning Outcomes

This course has been approved for 6 hours by the Commission on Case Manager Certification for 2009, 1/15/10 through 12/31/10, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
This continuing education course is designed for nurses who care for children in the community, ED, home, hospital, and outpatient settings. Its purpose is to increase nurses’ knowledge and skills to detect child maltreatment. This course will further identify key nursing interventions to prevent, report, and treat child abuse. This course defines child abuse and describes the reporting laws in California and Texas. Healthcare providers in other states should review the child abuse definitions and laws for their states. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe risk, protective factors, and prevention strategies related to child maltreatment.
  • Evaluate signs and symptoms of physical abuse, sexual abuse, factitious disorder imposed on another, and neglect.
  • Describe the components of abuse-related history taking, assessment, and mandated reporting for incorporation into the nursing care of children.
  • List three reasons children experience failure to thrive.
  • Identify best practices used during the interviewing process.

Course Authors

Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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